Doctor, please! Fish antibiotics... ARE they OK for humans? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

I've researched the forum threads on this, and am *this close* to ordering BUT I keep feeling a little strange about the quality/purity/suitability for human consumption of fish antibiotics.

Could health care practitioners lend their expertise on this, once and for all?

-- Sara Nealy (, November 20, 1999


I asked my obgyn and he put it this way, if for any reason there was no medical supply to be had and the fish antibiotics were all that were available, and the person would probably suffer/die/ if not given treatment, then what would you think I would tell you to do? Do not use them when the regular meds are available but I would rather have them than nothing.

-- Carol (, November 20, 1999.

Do not--I repeat DO NOT consume animal meds--you might get away with canine amoxicillin but other than that you would be getting in serious trouble.

-- xman (, November 20, 1999.


Your answer is contradicts many answers about the same subject. Please give the information upon which you base yours. If there scientific evidence for it or is it just your opinion? Since the cost of producing or buying wholesale human generics of the popular fish antibiotics is so low, I see no reason why any company would go to the bother of producing "fish quality" medications.

-- Evelyn (, November 20, 1999.


Please elaborate. I get pneumonia 2-3 times per year. I was thinking about using fish penicillin. Why are animal antibiotics dangerous? I need to know. We have no health insurance and I can't afford to go to the doctor.

-- helen (, November 20, 1999.

I'm left with that same "I dunno'" feeling. Is there no definitive answer?

Is Dr. Schenker around?

-- Sara Nealy (, November 21, 1999.

Fish are not exposed to the same bacteria or virals as we are. Airborne virals are difficult to treat in humans so I am assuming you are speaking of bacterial infections. These meds are designed (molecular) to attack the specific bacteria found in the environment they live in which is much different than ours as you know. If you are getting pneumonia 2-3 times a yr you definitely need to seek out medical attention even if it's at the state in which you lives expense. I would not trust anyones advice on here when it comes to your health/life--even mine. Best bet is to consult your personal physician. I work in a laboratory and have done much testing on meds--my experience backs my own decision to stay away from animal meds for human treatment.

-- xman (, November 21, 1999.

Clarification--without getting into a language very few on here would understand I would like to clarify my reasoning. Hypothetically, you could ingest animal meds and be ok. But.... here is the problem-animals have a much different metabolic rate than do humans--usually much higher, hence the fact you don't have very many overweight animals running around. So--the problem lies with the metabolism/dosage ratio. By ingesting animal meds at erroneous dosages you could ----One) overdose Two) cause the bacterium to become immune to the treatment by administering incorrect schedules. So--make your own decision as to what is wise and what is not concerning your health.

-- xman (, November 21, 1999.

xman, thanks!

-- helen (, November 21, 1999.

Go to and visit his Discussion Forum. Go to Health. Go to the archives under Health. You will find reams of advice on vet antibiotics. Nurses moderate the Health area, and an occasional doctor contributes. They reassured us that these vet antibiotics are IDENTICAL to the ones, produced by the SAME pharmaceutical houses, even in the same pill color/shape as the human antibiotics. They explained that the drug houses will only charge what the traffic will bear: thus, the high cost to US citizens for the same medications they sell cheaply in Mexico, Canada, and all other countries!! They know people would not pay high for pet antibiotics. Then form your own opinion.

-- Elaine Seavey (, November 23, 1999.

I work in natural health field. Why use antibiotics at all, when cheaper, better alternatives are more freely available? Last time I had a fish that needed "antiboiotic" I treated it with the same thing I treat myself and our cats with - turmeric. Not only antibacterial, antifungal, etc. but antiVIRAL. There are so many healing tools in Mother Nature's medicine chest. Note to the person who gets pneumonia several times a year. Consider investigating the CAUSE behind this, and taking actions that actually remove the cause and improve your immunity so this does not keep happening. Just treating each event with drugs continues to weaken your immunity. This is a downward spiral you cannot afford.

-- Shivani Arjuna (, November 26, 1999.

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