Life Saving Antibiotics with NO Prescription!

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Prepper Antibiotics

In our last post we talked about the shelf-life of standard prescriptions and how many times a pill that is well beyond it’s expiration date can still be potent and useful in an emergency or survival situation. Today we want to talk about some alternative ways to add the often life saving medication of antibiotics.

Stockpiling medications for emergencies or even a major societal collapse is pretty straightforward when it comes to non-prescription medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, antihistamines, anti-inflammatory meds etc. These items are cheap to buy and readily available. However, it is not so simple to acquire and stockpile prescription medications like antibiotics which are required to treat infections both small and large.

Having a healthy stash of antibiotics in a long-term survival situation or a collapse of society would be extremely useful – if not vital. Infections will be a major problem in these kinds of situations; for example – take away our power, water/sanitation and groceries; replace with – fires/camp stoves, survival food and untreated water. On top of this, give us knives, axes and guns (which we are largely unaccustomed to using) to chop wood, hunt and defend ourselves and it is easy to see the need to have access to antibiotics. Lot of cuts and stomach bugs…

The question is – how do you prep prescription antibiotics in case of emergency? A pharmacy heist, or trying to convince a doctor to give you a large amount of common antibiotics are solution that will most likely end in failure.  The solution i have for you is much simpler – head to your local pet store.

Believe it or not, many of the common antibiotics we are prescribed are also used to keep fish healthy in aquariums. Skeptical? I bet you are, but it is true! Most of the antibiotic medicines used to treat bacteria in aquariums contain just the one ingredient – the active antibiotic, and in many cases this is exactly the same antibiotic used for humans, nothing more, nothing less.  The other strange thing is these aquarium antibiotics come in the same common dosages which are used on humans.

We have checked several sources, some of which were created by medical doctors and below is a list of aquarium branded medicines which contain commonly prescribed human antibiotics: 












Keep in mind that all of the prepper antibiotics above require a prescription from a doctor and usually a doctor will only prescribe a single course of treatment to cure your illness. However, they can all be brought in large quantities from pet stores without prescription. This means you can stockpile these common antibiotics, something which would  be impossible to achieve under normal circumstances.

Bottom line– we should probably head to the doctor over the pet store when we have a sniffle, but bear in mind, if things go wrong in the future, we will have to improvise many aspects of our lives, especially our medical care.  We may be nervous about taking aquarium branded antibiotics today, but having them in the future could save our lives.

What do you think? Are there any other options or ideas that we missed? Leave a comment below and tell us what you think.

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  1. SchemaByte

    November 27, 2012 at 3:42 am

    This is an awesome tip, needing a bit of further investigation of course. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Eric

    March 14, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    What kind if shelf life are we looking at?

    • Expert Prepper

      Expert Prepper

      March 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      In 2006 the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences released a study performed by FEMA and the Department of defense stating that most antibiotics in pill form had a shelf life of 2 to 10 years. Now I take anything coming from FEMA with MORE than a grain of salt, but the funny thing is, they burried the story and made it nearly impossible to find online. (Which leads me to believe it’s actually more truth then they want to admit.) Luckily – I know a guy who knows a guy who got me a link to the study… you can find it here >>>

  3. Susan

    March 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    There are also many herbs and mushrooms that can be used to support immune function and to fight infection. Plants for a Future ( is a good starting point for info.

    I think that as more and more bacteria become resistant to antibiotics we’ll become more reliant on ancient remedies (herbs, acupuncture, etc.).

    • Expert Prepper

      Expert Prepper

      March 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Thanks for the addition to the conversation. I’d love to hear more on your thoughts on the subject. Email me at with more info and maybe we’ll add a guest post with your side of the subject :)

  4. Ron

    March 19, 2013 at 3:15 am

    I checked into it once and discovered that the manufacturers of pet antibiotics are the same manufacturers that make generic antibiotics for humans. I suspect pet antibiotics are simply relabeled generic human antibiotics.

    • Expert Prepper

      Expert Prepper

      March 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      You’re right Ron. It’s silly for the company producing the antibiotics to open separate facilities when it’s producing the exact same product. They simply make they antibiotics in bulk and then let the processing companies worry about the labeling and distribution. That’s why this is one of our favorite tips! Thanks for the comment – Skip Tanner

  5. modernminuteman

    August 21, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    1 thing i would like to add is if your afraid that antibiotics will not work anymore look into a top quality colloidal silver like silver sol i found through dr. Rima. it works on any pathogen and never builds up a tolerance to germs while it also boosts your immune system. it has been proven to even kill MERSA that only 1 or 2 antibiotics even work anymore. silver sol is not very pricey if you buy it in bulk through dr. RIMA’S site. i buy 12 16oz. bottles at a time and they don’t go bad. they also sell the same as a gel that is better than anti-biotic cream. i use these products every day on my family and pets and they work. add this to antibiotics and they are even more effective.

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