For those of us who are always looking for alternatives in buying and storing antibiotics, this may be an inexpensive solution.
Nonprescription veterinary antibiotics are produced in the same facilities as the human versions. But they are packaged and sold differently (including extreme differences in prices). You can get them from veterinary online stores such as: http://www.upco.com/
In a US military study, they took a storage facility full of antibiotics (stored in un-refrigerated, 115 degree heat in Iraq) which were 5 years past the expiration date. Those antibiotics, with the exception of two* (Tetracycline & Doxycycline), were still 95% effective. *Tetracycline and Doxycycline actually became toxic after expiration date, so that should always be discarded when expired.
If you purchase these antibiotics from these online veterinary stores, visit online medical/prescription info sites such as: http://www.medicinenet.com/ to print out and understand treatment, dosages, side effects, etc. Dosages differ between animals and humans.
We made labels with the information from medicinenet.com and taped them on the antibiotics bottles we ordered from upco.com so that we had the information with the medicine (with treatments, dosages, side effects, etc).
Some of the medicines are (along with their medical descriptions):
- Tetracycline (remember this needs to be discarded at expiration): http://www.medicinenet.com/tetracycline/article.htm
- Amoxicillin: http://www.medicinenet.com/amoxicillin/article.htm
- Penicillin: http://www.medicinenet.com/penicilli...in/article.htm
- Ampicillin: http://www.medicinenet.com/ampicillin/article.htm
- Metronidazole: http://www.medicinenet.com/metronidazole/article.htm
- Doxycycline (remember this needs to be discarded at expiration):http://www.medicinenet.com/doxycycline/article.htm
- Cephalexin: http://www.medicinenet.com/cephalexin/article.htm
The exact address to order these from upco.com is: http://www.upco.com/antibiotics-clic...in-doxycycline
**Note: I am not a doctor. This is not medical advice. Use this information at your own risk. Discuss this information with your doctor first, etc. etc. etc.