Guide to Fish Antibiotics For Human Use

Guide to Fish Antibiotics For People

Guide to Fish Antibiotics For Human Use

Whoa - wait a minute, what's this crazy talk, fish medicine for people? Are you really about to go there?

NO.

Before you read this article, realize where were are coming from:

  • Get your medication from a doctor
  • Use it the way they tell you to use it
  • Don't self medicate, you can harm yourself, badly
  • We'll be discussing "what if" scenarios, not day-to-day reality

What we are going to do here is a thought exercise: planning ONLY for emergency contingencies, i.e. situations where you have no access to medical care but are in grave danger of infection. Even then, you better know what you are doing.

So this is a primer for that and for those who want to stockpile life-saving medications for such (unlikely, hopefully) scenarios.

Got it?

Obligatory disclaimer: I am not a doctor. None of what is discussed here will be medical advice. This is just information you can use to discuss with your physician. Never take medications without a prescription or guidance from a licensed medical professional.


Antibiotic Stockpiling

There is something to be said for having a supply of antibiotics if you are concerned about supply issues during a post-calamity scenario, since they are some of the most important medications in use today. 

The sheer number of infections, illnesses and disease which can or must be treated with antibiotics is huge. We'll list the kinds available, and what they treat so you can have an idea of what you might need them for. 

Special shout out to Dr. Joseph Alton MD and Nurse Amy Alton APRN for brining these ideas to my attention. Go grab their book Alton's Antibiotics and Infectious Disease: The Layman's Guide to Available Antibacterials in Austere Settings if you want to take a deeper dive into the subject. 

Alton's Antibiotics and Infectious Disease: The Layman's Guide to Available Antibacterials in Austere Settings

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  • AMOXICILLIN 250 mg and 500 mg
  • AMPICILLIN 500 mg
  • PENICILLIN 250 mg and 500 mg
  • CEPHALEXIN 250 mg and 500 mg
  • METRONIDAZOLE 250 mg and 500 mg
  • CIPROFLOXACIN 250 mg and 500 mg
  • CLINDAMYCIN 150 mg
  • AZITHROMYCIN 250 mg
  • LEVOFLOXACIN 500 mg
  • SULFAMETHOXAZOLE/TRIMETHOPRIM 400 mg/80 mg and 800 mg/160 mg
  • DOXYCYCLINE 100 mg
  • MINOCYCLINE 50 mg and 100 mg
  • FLUCONAZOLE (anti-fungal) 100 mg

There is an online source for some of these medications, you can purchase them on entirelypets.com

Here are some of the products they currently carry, check their site to see if they have added/removed any: 


Preferred Antibiotics

The Altons have a list of their favorite antibiotics listed in their The Survival Medicine Handbook:

  1. Amoxicillin
  2. Doxycycline
  3. Metronidazole
  4. Azithromycin
  5. Clindamycin
  6. Sulfamethoxazole/tripmethoprim

Get one of their books to see their reasoning, but we've outlined what some of these drugs can do below. 


Antibiotic Uses

Here's a quick list of antibiotics what they can treat:

Amoxicillin

One of most commonly prescribed antibiotics. It's usually taken 3 times a day. It's well tolerated and useful for both pregnant women and children.

  • Anthrax (the skin variety)
  • Chlamydia
  • Urinary Tract for bladder & kidney infections
  • Helicobacter pylori
  • Lyme Disease
  • Otitis media (middle ear infection)
  • Pneumonia
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin or soft tissue infections (cellulitis, boils)
  • Actinomycosis
  • Bronchitis
  • Tonsillitis / Pharyngitis (strep throat)

Ciprofloxacin

"Cipro" is used to treat many infections, but is not considered safe for pregnant women. It is acceptable for those allergic to penicillin. 

  • Urinary tract infections, especially in women
  • Prostate infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Acute sinusitis
  • Skin and soft tissue infections (cellulitis)
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Infectious diarrhea
  • Typhoid fever caused by Salmonella
  • Inhalational anthrax

It is only used in children for the following conditions: 

  • Urinary tract infections due to E. Coli (very common)
  • Inhalational anthrax

Cephalexin

Marketed in the US as "Keflex." It can be used during pregnancy. It is useful for:

  • Cyctitis (bladder infection)
  • Otitis media (ear infection)
  • Pharyngitis (sore throats)
  • Skin or soft tissue infections (cellulitis)
  • Osteomyelitis (infections of bone and marrow)
  • Prostatitis (prostate infections)
  • Pyelonephritis (kidney infections)
  • Upper respiratory tract infections (when cause by bacteria)

Doxycycline

Doxy is very versatile, it can treat a huge host of problems: 

  • E. coli, Shigella, & Enterobacter infections as causes of diarrheal disease
  • Chlamydia
  • Lyme disease
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Anthrax
  • Cholera
  • Plague (from fleas or rats)
  • Gum Disease (gingivitis)
  • Folliculitis
  • Acne and other inflammatory diseases
  • Some lower respiratory pneumonia
  • Some urinary tract infections
  • Upper respiratory infections caused by strep and methicillin-resistant Staph aureus (MRSA) infections
  • Malaria (taken as prevention)
  • Some parasitic worm infections

Azithromycin

Another potent antibiotic, one worth keeping on hand for emergency use. Not known to cause problems for pregnant women and can be used by those allergic to Penicillin. 

  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Ear infections
  • Skin infections
  • Throat infections
  • Sinusitis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Typhoid fever
  • Gonorrhea
  • Whooping cough
  • Traveler's diarrhea
  • Lyme disease (early stages)

Clindamycin

Can be used to treat: 

  • Acne
  • Dental Infections
  • Peritonitis (abdominal inflammation)
  • Pneumonia
  • Urine infections
  • Blood infections
  • Pelvic infections
  • MRSA
  • Parasitic infections (malaria, toxoplasmoisis)
  • Anthrax
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