Today’s lesson… Emergency Use Antibiotics for Your Family

Dr. David Powers
4 min readSep 11

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Can you get antibiotics for your family without seeing a doctor?

It’s not as hard, illegal, or scary as people make you think.

This lesson goes just a little beyond the Everyday Emergencies, but it’s not as apocalyptic as many people would think.

Even though the lesson primarily refers to antibiotics, the principles work for any of your essential over-the-counter meds or prescription meds.

Should you keep a small stockpile of antibiotics available at home?



  • Evacuation from home for any reason (wildfire, house fire, hurricane, other natural disasters)
  • Vacation use
  • Extended trip use
  • Supply chain issues

There are tons of other reasons, but those are the most common reasons.

Is it illegal?

Not if you do it right.

Is it hard?

Not at all.

What should I keep?

This is the hardest question from this lesson, as there are so many antibiotics that can be used for different conditions from illnesses to infections.
That’s the main reason I recommend that you use a trusted source and follow their recommendations.

I would recommend you have antibiotics to treat the most common issues, especially issues you would encounter while away from home.

  • Traveler’s diarrhea
  • Pnemonia
  • Bladder and kidney infections
  • Wound infections
  • Bioterror

If you carry antibiotics for those five basic issues, you’re automatically carrying meds that will treat hundreds of other things.

How do I do it?

1. Ask your doctor.
This is often way trickier than it should be. It’s been my experience, even with extended deployments to areas where I could not obtain meds, that average physicians simply won’t…

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