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February 2, 2012
Hey Preppers,
A couple of months ago I wrote a series of articles on
antibiotics and their uses in a .  Since collapse situation
that time, I’ve gotten a number of requests as to what my
must-have medications are for your storage supplies.Last
week, we went through the over-the-counter drugs you
should have, and now we’ll look at medicines that
are meant to fight infection. 
You don’t have to be a doctor to know that
we’ll have issues with water and food contamination in a
.  We can, therefore, expect periodic societal breakdown
outbreaks of epidemics of infectious disease in the surviving population.  As such, anyone expecting to
survive long-term will have to provide for this eventuality.  Even the clearest mountain stream in a National
Park might have organisms like Giardia in it; many of these organisms lead to significant diarrheal
disease, dehydration, and even death without appropriate treatment.
Antibiotics and  Collapse Medicine
Of course, we should start with antibiotics.  Here’s my list of antibiotics you should have stockpiled, along
with the veterinary equivalents: ir
       250mg/500mg (FISH-MOX, FISH-MOX FORTE) Amoxicillin
    250mg/500mg  (FISH-FLOX, FISH-FLOX FORTE) Ciprofloxacin
 250mg  (FISH-ZOLE) Metronidazole
       100mg (BIRD-BIOTIC) Doxycycline
400mg/ 80mg (BIRD-SULFA) Sulfamethoxazole Trimethoprim
    250mg, 500mg (AQUARIUM AZITHROMYCIN) Azithromycin
    150mg/300mg (AQUARIUM CLINDAMYCIN) Clindamycin 
All of the above, with the exception of Amoxicillin and Ampicillin, are acceptable in those with Penicillin
allergies. With the above antibiotics in your medical supplies, you’ll be able to treat 90% of the bacterial
diseases that will appear on your doorstep in times of trouble, even some forms of Anthrax. 
Using Antifungals and Antivirals
Unless you live barefoot and naked in the middle of Death Valley, you will also have to beware of fungal
infections.  Common ones like Ringworm, Athlete’s Foot, and Jock Itch will be rampant in wet climates
or in situations where you might not be able to change socks or underwear often.  Therefore, it makes
sense to keep some antifungal medication around as well.  (lotrimin) is a good choice here, Clotrimazole
as it comes in cream or powder, and doesn’t require a prescription.  Medications like Miconazole
(Monistat) would be useful for vaginal yeast infections.  There is an oral tablet as well called Fluconazole
(Diflucan), which may be more convenient than creams or powders, but requires a prescription.
Finally, anti-viral medications will be useful as well.  Many of the infections, especially respiratory, that we
consider to be bacterial in nature are more likely to be viral in nature.  Antibiotics have no significant effect
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on viruses; despite this, many patients will demand an antibiotic prescription from their doctors as soon as
they feel the first symptom. 
One of the most popular anti-viral drugs is called Tamiflu .  Tamiflu gives effective relief (Oseltamvir)
against symptoms of influenza and decreases the amount of time you would be sick.  If taken when you
first realize that you have been exposed to someone with the flu, it could even prevent the illness
altogether.  In a pandemic, those with without an and a good supply of masks and gloves anti-viral drug
will be at major risk.
Don’t throw away that expired Tamiflu; the government has given a 5 year use extension beyond the date
of “expiration” through the Shelf Life Extension Program.  Li many medications in pill or capsule form, ke
Tamiflu remains effective long afterwards.  Other antivirals include Valtrex, Relenza, and Famvir.
Although we’re mentioning pharmaceuticals today, don’t forget that natural products such as Garlic and
Honey have significant antii-infective properties.  Garlic, for example, has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and
anti0viral effects. Many people report significant antibacterial effect with colloidal silver, as well.  Before
there were antibiotics, there was silver, and it is still used in topical creams to prevent infection.
For more in-depth information, refer to our article which starts the series on how to use antibiotics:
For our list of over the counter medications:
Dr. Bones
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Carrolwidener says:
March 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm
where can you purchase clotrimazole for a cheap price?
Dr Bones says:
March 28, 2012 at 2:31 pm
Clotrimazole is also known as Lotrimin or Mycelex in the U.S. and is not terribly expensive.
Medical supply companies often offer volume discounts for bulk purchases, but you have to
Dr. Bones
Hi Dr.!
I can’t find  AQUARIUM AZITHROMYCIN – would powder erythromycin in 500 mg scoops be
Dr Bones says:
April 6, 2012 at 12:03 am
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Hi Mary,
Erythromycin is also in the macrolide family, as is Azithromycin. Azithromycin is
a newer generation, and so is better for certain infections. Erythromycin would have to
used in 500 mg doses to be correct for adults. Make sure the eruthromycin has no other
ingredients in it.
all the best,
Dr. Bones
mrbumpas says:
June 30, 2012 at 11:49 pm
What is your opinion of supplementing with several mgs. of iodine on a daily basis? Also herbal
anti-fungals like Pau D’Arco, and oil of oregano?  Seems to me nutrition should be stressed more for
helping to prevent disease so “cures” are less necessary. ie. excess sugar lowers immune response
temporarily making it easier to contract an infection.Waste management and overall sanitation goes
a long way in prevention.
Dr Bones says:
July 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm
Iodine is an essential component of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine
(T3). Thyroid hormones regulate many important biochemical reactions, including protein
synthesis and enzymatic activity, and are critical determinants of metabolic activity. They are
also required for proper skeletal and central nervous system development in fetuses and
infants. it appears to play a role in immune response and might have a beneficial effect on
mammary dysplasia and fibrocystic breast disease. Iodine rarely occurs as the element, which
is a gas, but rather as a salt; for this reason, it is referred to as iodide and not iodine. Iodide is
quickly and almost completely absorbed in the stomach and duodenum. You probably don’t
need several milligrams as the RDA calls for micrograms (mcg):
Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Iodine
Age Male Female Pregnancy Lactation
Birth to 6 months 110 mcg* 110 mcg*
7–12 months 130 mcg* 130 mcg*
1–3 years 90 mcg 90 mcg
4–8 years 90 mcg 90 mcg
9–13 years 120 mcg 120 mcg
14–18 years 150 mcg 150 mcg 220 mcg 290 mcg
19+ years 150 mcg 150 mcg 220 mcg 290 mcg
* Adequate Intake (AI)
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Oil of oregano is an important essential oil with many uses that should be in everyone’s
essential oil collection. I know less about Pau D’Arco, but it is thought to be
less strong than most of the others; it is most helpful in those who can’t tolerate Garlic,
Oregano, Olive leaf extract, and other more commonly used natural antifungals.
Dr. Bones
Jonathan Kincaid Dearborn says:
March 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm
May I ask what u recommend for a prepper with a problem with Folliculitis ? A bacterial and or fungal
condition is my worry because it is rather warm and moist conditions, regardless of what I prepare. N
ot the worst condition, but it can spread. Also infection can be common if washing is not possible as
much as in our current society. Hope to get an idea, I know your educated. I will of course also talk
to a Dr. I do hope to hear from u.
Dr Bones says:
April 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm
Hi Jonathon,
topical antibiotics in many cases are useful for staph skin infections, like folliculities. if they
don’t work, a course of erythromycin, amoxicillin, or cephalexin may be helpful.
Lotrimin or clotrimazole is often used in fungal skin infections. In large boils, sometimes
incision and drainage is performed.
All the best,
Dr. Bones