(Bones note: This is a guest post that explores options other than aquarium and avian antibiotics, which I have long espoused as a viable option for disaster stockpiling)
My father and grandfather were both registered pharmacists who graduated near the head of their classes. My father told me something you can do-but only if there is absolutely NO ALTERNATIVE and you are in the middle of nowhere.
Survival Medicine and Horses
Suppose that you have SEVERE arthritis and need something to keep you from constant pain. OK. There is a product for horses that contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Hyaluronic Acid, MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane), and Vitamin C. But you cannot take the horse dosage! Instead figure out what it would take, estimate the size, and make your own capsules. If the dose is 2 tablespoons for a 600 lb horse and you are a 200 lb. human, set up a ratio and proportion formula to tell you an approximate dosage. There is also a form of antibiotic pills (capsules) that are designed to be placed in fish tanks. A veterinarian friend had a strep infection and was stuck out in a huge forest in a national park and had to take something so he took this form of antibiotic and he was fit as a fiddle!
Antibiotics coming in this form are Streptomycin, penicillin, tetracycline, and erythromycin. They run from 20-30 dollars per bottle and each bottle usually has enough antibiotics to keep one alive if not provide a first wave of treatment! Just be careful NOT to do this unless absolutely necessary. This is for when anything is better than nothing. Another good thing for injuries is antibiotic cream or ointment. If you cut yourself or get injured this can keep you from getting a debilitating infection. USE HUMAN MEDICINE FIRST, but if exposed to something, get any form of an antibiotic you can. Bubonic plague can be treated with tetracycline or streptomycin. If you even SUSPECT you have been exposed to this, grab one of these ASAP!
Equine Antibiotics and Survival Medicine
(Bones note: I don’t have a great deal of experience with equine antibiotics, so I asked Bernandette if there are other ingredients in the bottle that the antibiotic and arthritis medicine comes in. Her response is below.)
Antibiotics are just the antibiotic listed such as tetracycline, etc. The arthritis medicine has several ingredients and is usually geared to the needs of the horse. However, I make my own capsules and it does work. I told my husband not to worry unless I start to snort and whinny! LOL! Incidentally, I am also a med lab tech (along with being a writer and journalist.) The compound I speak of, for arthritis, is ANAFLEX COMPLETE- it is similar to GRANDFLEX AND GRANDHOOF-also compounds with HA, Vitamin C, etc.
My dad told me that in certain circumstances humans need a very specific antibiotic. I had a bladder infection once and tried to hold off going to our doctor and it only got worse until I got the more traditional antibiotic for my ailment. SO PLEASE MAKE SURE that people know that this is for dire circumstances ONLY! If they can find a physician or pharmacist, this is the better route. On the other hand, if they run into a rodent-infested situation and suspect Bubonic plague, etc. then go with anything that might work!
(Bones note: I am usually a stickler for one ingredient (for example, a certain antibiotic) only in a veterinary equivalent drug, but the arthritis medication described by Bernadette above has ingredients that are all used for human consumption. If those are the only ingredients, then they might be an option, appropriated scaled down to human proportions, for the medical issues involved in a collapse situation.)