By Ken Jorgustin
Among the many articles I’ve read regarding fish antibiotics being the same thing as those prescribed for us humans, I recall one written on SurvivalBlog.com in which a doctor (who is apparently into prepping) ordered a variety of fish antibiotics for his preps – and to discover if indeed they were the same thing which he would otherwise prescribe to patients.
When the bottles arrived, I dug out my photographic drug reference and found that these are indeed the same pills that are given to humans, right down to the tablet color and markings.
It makes business sense. It costs less for drug manufacturers to have one production line for each drug, rather than to build a separate process exclusively for veterinary medicines.
These are the same generic antibiotics that can be found on many pharmacy formularies.
Disclaimers: Nothing in this article constitutes medical advice. It is for information purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any disease. Never take any medication that was not prescribed specifically for you by your physician. Hopefully, this information can help you be a more informed and involved patient. Short of a true post-SHTF scenario, I strongly advise you not to self-diagnose and treat.
Our long time supporter (Tom) over at CampingSurvival.com sources these antibiotics from Thomas Labs, who is the “leader and innovator in pet health products for dogs, cats, fish and farm animals. They source their ingredients from the best suppliers and provide cost effective solutions for both common and hard to treat animal health issues.”
Back to the doctor from Rawles article:
“After checking my order, I placed the bottles in airtight bags and put them in the fridge. The general consensus is that antibiotics will still retain most of their potency for years after their expiration date, especially if kept cool and dry. The notable exceptions are tetracycline antibiotics, including doxycycline. These can cause kidney damage if taken after their expiration dates.”
First, we must know when not to use antibiotics.
When they become a precious commodity they will need to be used very wisely. Many of the patients I see in the adult emergency department, and most of the patients I see in the children’s Emergency Department for various types of infections do not need antibiotics.
There is also a growing and very real danger with antibiotic resistance. It is a very legitimate fear that we may use antibiotics to the point that they are no longer effective, at which point it will be just like it was in the pre-antibiotic age.
Also, antibiotics are not completely innocuous. They have the potential to cause harm. (All medicines do, including the “safe, natural” remedies.) Allergic reactions are common, and the only way to become allergic to a medication is to be exposed to it in the first place. Drug reactions are also very prevalent, and range from the annoying (e.g. rash, diarrhea), to the life-threatening (e.g. skin sloughing off in sheets, causing the equivalent of a bad total body burn.)
Most infections involving the nose, sinuses, throat, and respiratory tract are viral and will not respond to antibiotics. Even some presumptive bacterial infections like otitis media (the common middle ear infection) will usually do just fine without antibiotic usage. If you have one of the following, think twice before using your precious antibiotic supply:
Cold, cough, runny nose
Sinus pain or pressure
Bronchitis (coughing up phlegm)
Ear pain or pressure
Sore throat (there is debate about whether even strep throat needs antibiotics)
When and how to use antibiotics.
Which antibiotics to use is always a big subject of debate. A roomful of physicians will seldom agree on the proper treatment of any disease, much less antibiotic use. In fact, there is a medical specialty (Infectious Disease) in which physicians train for 5 years after medical school so they can run around the hospital and tell other physicians what antibiotics they can and cannot use.
If you are going to use antibiotics, remember some guidelines. (Again, for information purposes only.) Dosages are given in milligrams (mg). Pediatric doses are given in milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg). All dosing notations here assume they are taken orally.
What follows is a list of common diseases and the antibiotics that treat them. Remember that there are many antibiotics, most of which are not listed here.
doxycycline 100 mg twice a day for 7-10 days
erythromycin 500 mg every 6 hours
amoxicillin (more often used in children) 45 mg/kg two times a day for 10 days
Ciprofloxacin can be used in conjunction with another antibiotic, but it is not commonly considered a “respiratory drug.” Its sister drugs, levofloxacin and moxifloxacin, are, but are not available without a prescription.
Ear infection — adult
amoxicillin 500 mg 3 times a day for 7-10 days
Ear infection — children
amoxicillin 30 mg/kg 3 times a day for 7-10 days
amoxicillin 500 mg 3 times a day for 10-14 days
doxycycline 100 mg twice a day for 7 days
Sore (strep) throat
amoxicillin 500 mg 3 times a day for 10 days (child 25 mg/kg two times a day for 10 days)
clindamycin 450 mg three times a day for 10 days (child 10 mg/kg three times a day for 10 days)
Intra-abdominal infections (diverticulitis, etc)
ciprofloxacin 500 mg twice a day PLUS metronidazole 500 mg three times a day for 10 days
ciprofloxacin 500 mg twice daily for 5-7 days..Continue Reading at Modern Survival Blog: Fish Antibiotics For Preparedness