Top 4 Antibiotics to Stockpile for Emergencies

The options at your disposal, when it comes to antibiotics, are almost limitless. Now it might seem like an odd topic to discuss but the reality is that we as preppers need to be prepared for anything, not just for food and/or water emergencies. Part of that means we need to be ready for medical nightmares as well. There is always a chance that we could be forced to hole up in the house for a few weeks or months and there is also the chance that we could be stranded in the wilderness for a while. We simply are not sure how or when the issues will arise. All we know is that we need to be prepared for anything and everything. So let’s examine the medical aspect.

I am quite sure that the majority of you have an emergency kit that includes things like band-aids and ointments. However there are some more pressing needs that could take over your camp. Serious bronchitis, ear infections, or even an infected wound on a body part could put your life in greater danger. Having the right tools is always the best option and so is having the proper medication. Stockpiling medication is not going to be the easiest thing since our country has some pretty strict medication laws. However you do have the chance to buy your meds from Canadian pharmacies. They offer everything America does and you can often get it at cheaper prices. While there are lots of antibiotics to choose from, here are the four that I recommend most.

  1. Amoxicillin

I am sure you remember this med from when you were a kid. This is one of the most common types of antibiotics because it is one of the best and most diverse. This medication can be used to treat infections such as pneumonia, tonsillitis, and even gonorrhea. This antibiotic is a catch-all. When ordinary, run of the mill medication will not work, this is the one you need to go to. It has the ability to kick out most ear, nose, and throat infections.

  1. Clarithromycin

This antibiotic is a member f the macrolide family and it is best known to fight bacteria in the form of respiratory infections. This is one of those antibiotics that few folks use. It has the ability to knock out infections and it works well but it isn’t as strong as the Amoxicillin. However if your body builds up a resistance to the amoxicillin, this is the next best option. Obviously you should know that taking both antibiotics at the same time is a really bad idea.

  1. Ciprofloxacin

Having a urinary tract infection can be one of the most brutal things ever. The burning sensation and the overall pain is a pretty nasty reminder that we need to make sure we have all of our bases covered. If you are unfortunate enough to have a UTI, you are going to want this medication. The other meds mentioned will not touch it. Plus, in the event that your community falls victim to an anthrax attack, this medication works for that as well.

  1. Metronidazole

This is one of those you might not have heard of before. However it has the power you need and the issues it can cure are pretty serious. This medication is known to treat parasites as well as other infections. Having a drug that can handle the parasites is a great thing especially in a SHTF scenario. Other items this drug handles include: infections in your small intestine, colon infections, liver abscess, vaginal infections as well. It also has the ability to handle the touch world of lung abscess and even gingivitis.


Always make sure that you are storing your medication in a cool, dry place. It is best to make sue they are stored in their foil packs and that they are also placed in an airtight container. Having desiccants in there is also a great idea.

There have been many discussions about the shelf life of these antibiotics as well as other medications. Keep in mind that the pharmacies are interested in turn over. Having drugs on their shelf for 10 years is bad for business. Most of these drugs will be good for 3-10 years after the expiration date. You will not poison yourself by taking them but you might notice the strength has declined after awhile.

What antibiotics have you added to your medical stockpiles? Where are the best places you have found to order antibiotics for survival?

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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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