I have done some internet based research on this topic. And I have bought the fishmox to check out what the pills look like. When I got them they are the brownish yellow colored pill that reads AA 825. According to my research the pills have to be the same as the ones for humans if the look exactly the same The reason being is that if someone overdoses and you call the 1800 poison number the ingredients must be identical.
the pills have 1 manufacturer and a dozen "repackagers/distributors". this is why the id on the pill is the same across the board, but the label/NDC can vary from brand to brand. They are all the same pill. they do not manufacture a version for humans, and then manufacture a different version for animals with different standards as some here have suggested.
take Fish-Pen (penicillin V) by Thomas Labs for example... it is manufactured by Dava Pharmaceuticles and then repacked by half a dozen other companies(Pharmedix, PDRX, Golden State MS) including Thomas Labs. Some are marketed for humans, others are not. they are all the same pill.
I have tried both fishmox and fishpen forte both in the past for a tooth infection and they both seem to work the same as human antibiotics. You will be fine as long as you are not allergic to penicillin. This is a good survival technique if the apocalypse would be upon us and there are no more pharmacies or doctors around to cure infections, or for those of us who don't want to pay doctor/hospital visits just to get a prescription for antibiotics. But yes these are the same pills that you would get prescribed from a doctor. Hope this helps!
I am so tired of this confusion. The answer is YES YES YES YES YES!!! There is exactly ZERO difference. None! Anyone saying different is either ill-informed, a paid disinformation troll, or an idiot. This is not an issue of content or manufacturing at all, they are the exact same, this is ONLY, an issue of LABELING! The pills are from the same line the same process the same everything they are the SAME!!! They only label them for different regions, languages and purposes DUH??? I am so tired of people coming on here talking stupid garbage and trying to act like they have the scientific high ground when they have ZERO idea of what the heck they are talking about.
I am sure much of this confusion is by well-meaning people, but I have research, personal during in survival situations, many conversations with physicians and pharmacists and military courses on this subject, they are the exact same pill with different words on the outside of the bottle, If you think that the text/ink on the outside of the bottle magically changes the contents of the bottle, then you may not want to take them.
I have bought them once before actually for my fish when they had a bacterial infection. And I started to get a UTI once and my doctor couldnt see me for a few day and I wasn't about to go to the ER so I took some for a few days and it was starting to clear up but Amoxacillin isn't the best for UTI but it helped keep it in check until I could see my doctor.
I wouldn't reccommend self dosing or self-medicating without seeing a doctor ASAP (Just as a until I can get to my doctor.) the second you can as there could be a larger underlying problem. And since I did see my doctor it turned out my kidney was also infected and the Amoxicillin doesn't really do much for the kidneys.
I found a definitive answer that satisfied me that fish mox is safe for humans. The marking on the side of Thomas' Fish Mox Forte is "AA 825". When you look that up on Drugs.com's Pill Identifier cite it identifies it as amoxicillin - for humans. Check it out (https://www.drugs.com/imprints/aa-825-19446.html). It does not mention anything about the product being for fish. This convinces me that the fish and human versions are identical, for that brand at least.
I was actually in the same boat about a year ago. I have actually done the same research and even tested it. Fish can be very sensative and there for need the same purity (if not purer) amoxicillin than people do. My old lady had this abscessed tooth, I could only afford a dentist visit and I needed to get her a prescription before the visit because they wouldn't work on her if the area was swollen. So I did research and even ordered some fish mox. That's right, I gave my fiance fish antibiotics(A 45). Sure enough, it worked with no unintended side effects. Don't worry, fish amoxicillin is safe, just be sure you read the label to make sure that's all you're getting.
I have used fish Mox for my cats. I have taken it myself. Did research on it and even asked my doctor and vet about it. They said it is the exact same thing that you get from pharmacy only without a prescription. I found out about it from a friend that had no health insurance and took it with no problems. I find it in local feed stores. They only carry 250 mg. If you need 500 take 2. Works just as well. As with any medication take sparingly as you can build up a tolerance for it and it won't work so be careful. And no I didn't grow scales or gills
No matter what anyone says- as long as the numbers/shape of the pill matches that of "human" amoxicillin/penicillin/cephalexin then it is the same pill. On the labels of the aquatic antibiotics it says "Not intended for human use" because it is REQUIRED TO. It's a law, they only have to put that to cover themselves and that's how it sells so cheap- because it's "intended" for fish.
I get tonsillitis upwards of 3-5 times a year (can't yet afford a surgery) and I don't have the money to go to a doctor every time I need antibiotics for it. So this is a life saver. If you don't wanna try it that's your opinion, but it's the exact same pill. Period point blank.
- Amoxicillin Information for Consumers
- Amoxicillin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amoxicillin (detailed)
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