Malarone in Africa or Asia, Mefloquine in Latin America
CoArtem (Artemisinin/Lumefantrine combo) for treatment of acute malaria
Ciprofloxacin for all-purpose use
Penicillin for oral or throat infection
Metronidazole (Flagyl) for giardia or amoebas
Loperamide (Imodium) for symptomatic treatment of the trots
Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) or similar if expecting boat trips or local buses
A handful of stronger painkillers--doesn't matter what kind
syringes and needles
Don't forget the duct tape.
Standard caveat: I have no medical training, but I've traveled a lot, and I've been paying attention most of the time. I've heard some astoundingly stupid things said about medications, even by otherwise-intelligent people. Anyone planning to self-diagnose and treat using the above stuff had best research well and be prepared to suffer the consequences in the event of mistakes. Of course, mistakes happen frequently when you rely on medical professionals, too.
Last edited by markharf; 24 Dec 2011 at 20:52.