Storage Prepper’s Guide to Essential Antibiotics

When you are working on your medical preparedness, don’t forget the antibiotics. While I am definitely not a proponent of taking antibiotics for every little sickness or pain, there are certain situations where an antibiotic is just necessary. If you get an infection, it can turn into a life-threatening situation quickly if you don’t have the right medication on hand.

Before we move any further, I want to give you a big disclaimer. You should know upfront that I am not a medical professional. I’m not a doctor or a nurse… I’m just a prepper and a mom. I’ve done my research (a lot of research) and I’ve compiled a list of eight antibiotics that can treat hundreds of infections. These are the drugs that I consider “essential”, but you should always seek your doctor’s advice before taking these medications. Of course, if you are in a survival situation and your doctor can’t quickly be reached, well… then it’s up to you to make an educated decision. Hopefully, this list of antibiotics will be of some help if you ever find yourself in that scenario.

Please note: you need to know the names of any antibiotics that you or your family members are allergic to. Write this down and store it in your prepper notebook. Don’t ever assume that you will remember. If something happened to you, would the other family members know about these dangerous allergies? Write it down and stick the information with the antibiotics, preferably on brightly colored paper!

1. Ciprofloxacin

Most commonly known as Cipro, this drug is used to treat:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Prostate infections
  • Respiratory infections (bronchitis or pneumonia)
  • Anthrax
  • Acute sinus infections
  • Skin infections
  • Infectious diarrhea
  • Typhoid fever

It should never be used for infants, children, or pregnant and nursing women.

2. Metronidazole

You will typically see Metronidazole prescribed as Flagyl. It is used to treat:

  • Diverticulitis and Colitis (when combined with Cipro)
  • Vaginosis
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcers
  • Infections in the joints or bones
  • Abscesses in the lungs or brain
  • Meningitis

Infants, children, or pregnant and nursing women should never take this drug.

3. Cephalexin

Commonly sold as Keflex, this drug is useful in treating many illnesses including:

  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Strep Throat
  • Ear Infections
  • Skin and suture infections
  • Bone infections

Both adults and children can safely use this medication in the right amounts.

4. Amoxicillin

This is the most commonly prescribed antibiotic and it can treat:

  • Ear infection
  • Sinus infection
  • Respiratory infections
  • Skin infections
  • Strep throat

Doctors often prescribe amoxicillin for both adults and children. Just take note of any allergies because some people can be extremely allergic to this particular antibiotic.

5. Erythromycin

This antibiotic treats the same infections as the previous two drugs, but it is also useful for more severe illnesses. Doctors prescribe Erythromycin to treat:

  • Sinus infection
  • Ear infection
  • Respiratory infection
  • Syphilis
  • Lyme Disease
  • Chlamydia

It is safe for children and nursing mothers, but it can potentially cause major gastrointestinal upset so make sure you take it with food!

6. Doxycycline

Doxycycline can treat the same infections as Erythromycin, plus a few more rare illnesses. It is used to treat:

  • Sinus infection
  • Strep throat
  • Respiratory infection
  • Typhus
  • Malaria
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Doctors do not usually recommended it for use by children or pregnant and nursing mothers. However, it is prescribed to children with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

7. Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim (SMZ-TMP)

This is a medication that you might not know about, but it is really important to add to your prepper supplies because it can treat staph infections that are resistant to other antibiotics. It can treat:

  • Respiratory infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Ear infections
  • Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

8. Ampicillin

Similar to Penicillin, Ampicillin treats a lot of infections, but it is less likely to cause allergic reactions. It can treat:

  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Anthrax
  • Salmonella (food poisoning)
  • Typhoid Fever

Doctors prescribe this drug for both adults and children.

Be Prepared By Stockpiling Essential Antibiotics

If you cannot get all of these antibiotics, at least get the first three. Those antibiotics will cover the majority of infections that you or your loved ones could potentially encounter. All of these antibiotics should be stored in the refrigerator to extend the shelf life. Never store antibiotics in the freezer because that could change their chemical composition and make them useless.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry so try to stock up on some essential antibiotics to add to your medical supplies. It could be the difference between life or death in a survival situation.

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About Ms. Prepper

I’m Laura P, aka, Passion Prepper, aka, Storage Prepper! I’ve been homesteading nearly all my life and prepping for the last 6 years. I strongly believe our great country of America was built on self-sufficient families like mine and yours. Politics bores me, learning new stuff, getting outside and living life thrills me.

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