Medical care is one area that we should try to be self-sufficient as possible. Medical personnel become hard pressed to keep up with the need. There’s difficulty in the resupply of the medications and the possibility of running out of stock.
Medical services and medicines may be limited and rationed during disasters.
Medical personnel would be forced to triage patients. In order to conserve resources. medical staff can only help those who will be needed the most.
I want to ensure that my family won’t miss vital medical treatment. This means learning first-aid and stockpiling medical supplies.
To a prepper, stockpiling medicines like antibiotics is essential.
However, proper handling of drug is also very crucial.
This article shows the basics on how to get antibiotics without a prescription.
What You Should Know About Antibiotics
Antibiotics are drugs that especially treat bacterial infection. You may wonder your doctor will never prescribe any antibiotic until he gets to see you first. He first needs to check whether what you’re suffering is bacterial or viral infection. This is because viruses don’t respond to antibiotics. If you have a simple flu, the doctor never gives you antibiotics.
Basic knowledge in the difference between bacterial and viral illness may enlighten you, save yourself from worsening, infection, money and time. Here are four tips to guide you in identifying if your infection is bacterial or viral. Take this advice only if you can’t see a doctor.
- A bacterial illness causes fever. A viral infection doesn’t cause fever.
- Bacterial infection lasts longer than 10 days while viral infection lasts 2 to 10 days.
- Bacteria usually cause site-specific symptoms such as those in sinuses, chest or throat. Viral infection normally causes wide-spread symptoms.
- A bacterial illness typically produces phlegm (yellow, green, bloody or brown-tinged). Viral infection may only produce clear or cloudy mucus.
Typical antibiotic treatment last for 10-14 days. If symptoms persist such as neck pain, severe headache and persistent nausea, it’s best to see a doctor. This would be the worst thing to happen. However, if you are alert enough to see some symptoms, you become eager to get some antibiotics. Unfortunately, you can’t buy antibiotics in US without the doctor’s prescription. You would like to stockpile as an emergency medicine supply.
3 Ways To Obtain Antibiotics Without A Prescription*
- Purchase Bird (or Fish) Antibiotics
Fish or Bird antibiotics are the same USP grade antibiotics manufactured by pharmaceutical human use. This means they are the same to the ones prescribed for people. They also come in capsule or tablet forms.
- Ciprofloxacin – Fish Flox Forte (500 mg)
- Metronidazole – Fish Zole Forte (500 mg)
- Amoxicillin Capsules – Fish Mox Forte (500 mg)
- Erythromycin – Fish Mycin Forte Pure Powder (300 mg)
You can also include Doxycycline – Bird Biotic (100 mg)
- Purchase Antibiotics From Mexico
Some Americans freely buy medicines without doctor’s prescription, selling prescription, selling prescription medicines. Americans is a big industry in Mexico. Pharmacies line the streets of border towns such as Tijuana and Nagales.
- Purchase through Online Stores in Other Countries Where Human Antibiotics Can Be Bought Legally Over the Country
Antibiotics can be sold legally without prescription as long as the online shop is located in a country that does not require a doctor’s prescription for a drug.
However, this is still breaking the law. Importing non-prescribed antibiotics over the internet is a very low priority for the authorities. For example, there is one online shop that sells human antibiotics (based in Cyprus).
What are the Antibiotics that You Should Stockpile
There are a variety of kinds of antibodies out in the market, some are generic and some are branded.
For the most part, you want to stockpile the ones that will be useful in the widest variety of applications. Those are especially the ones which treat common infections caused by injuries.
Here Are Some Must-Haves Antibiotics
This is a good general antibiotic for many types of bacterial infections. It is safe for children and even pregnant women, although, some may be very allergic to it.
Azitrhomycin is a great brand of antibiotic used for a lot of kinds of infections. The problem is that you can’t easily find or even buy it. It needs prescription to buy.
One of the most effective antibiotics to use for infected wounds and injuries. Erythromycin can also be used for ear and respiratory infections, as well as some STDs. Safe for women and children. However, some people experience side effects, such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Best for things like urinary tract infections, prostate infections, respiratory tract infections (such as bronchitis or pneumonia), bacterial diarrhea, anthrax, and diverticulitis or infectious colitis (when combined with Metronidazole).
Children, pregnant women or nursing mothers should not take Cirprofloxin.
It is great for almost any type of respiratory infection (bronchitis, pneumonia, strep throat, etc.) and middle ear infections. Cephalexin is safe for pregnant women and children and only has few side effects
Keflex is a great antibiotic that can treat infections that are antibiotic resistant. You can’t take Keflex if you are allergic to cephalexin or any other drugs such as in this link.
This is a ‘big gun’ antibiotic that treat hard to treat bacterial infections. It’s a good choice for people who are allergic to penicillin and its various derivatives. Zithromax is typically sold in a five pill, 5 day pack. People who have liver problems should not to use Zithromax.
How Much of Survival Antibiotics Should You Stockpile
Antibiotics are often taken twice a day during a ten days period. Zithromax is one notable exception for this. Also, in most cases, to treat an infection needs two pills. There are various of kinds of antibiotics for that type of infection they treat. Having 100 pills of one kind of antibiotic is still insufficient. You will likely need more than 100 other types of antibiotic.
The amount of variety of antibiotics depends on the kind of infection experienced by your family in the past. For example, if your child has had many wound infection, the kind of antibiotic differs according to its potency in killing the bacteria.
According to studies, bacteria have the ability to easily create a kind of protein that may help counteract the antibiotics.
Instead, some surviving ones will be able to identify the antibiotic and create their own version to make them immune to this kind of antibiotic. So the next time, this set of new bacteria encounters this same antibiotic. They are already immune and the antibiotic becomes ineffective.
The next time you use the same antibiotic to treat the same infection, it may heal slowly. It may need higher potency of the antibiotics. The cycle goes on. If another infection happens, you also upgrade your antibiotics. This is the reason why doctors need to prescribe you the right kind of antibiotic for the kind of infection you have, including your history of medications.
Where Can You Get Survival Antibiotics Without Prescription?
Like mentioned, Mexico is one of the nearest place to buy these antibiotics. US pharmacies don’t allow selling them with prescription. There is also some Canadian pharmaceutical houses that sell through mail-order, without prescription.
The Risk of Taking Antibiotics Without Prescription
One thing to take note is the presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. According to World Health Organization (WHO), two of the reasons that they continue to emerge that make it harder to treat common diseases like pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea, and salmonellosis, is misuse and overuse of antibiotics in humans and in animals.
Antibiotics-resistant bacteria means higher medical costs, longer hospital stay and higher chance of complications in infections. Aside from misuse and overuse, lack of infection prevention and control increases chance for the bacteria to be resistant.
Did You Know That?
There are kinds of bacteria commonly called as “Superbug” because of their high resistance to any kind of antibiotic. This is the effect of mishandling antibiotics that these super-resistant bacteria have emerged.
Even if you want to stockpile for your own survival medical stock, it still pays to know the dangers and limitations especially when dealing with antibiotics. Antibiotics, just like any other drugs also have side effects. Even if they are life saver in times of injury or infection, improper dosage or mishandling may have serious consequences.
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* Note from Dave: This is a guest post – I am not a doctor nor a lawyer and I cannot advise you to break the law. I have not tried getting medicine from other countries personally nor do I plan to. I have had good results with things like Dakin’s solution, Sugardine, and the occasional vet medication.