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Medicines and Antibiotics, Which to carry?

I am putting together a small pouch with things like Dioralyte and Imodium to take with me on an 8 week trip to SE Asia in Dec. What else would be good? What do you swear by? What do you carry?
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Bandages, plasters and some antibiotics.
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I have a First Aid Kit...I am talking about Pills and Potions
What Kind, and what used for
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If you go and see your doc, he/she should be able will prescribe you some broad spectrum antibiotics for your trip. (mine was happy to)

Then you want ibuprofen and paracetamol and maybe some co-codamol for pain relief.

Something to make you go and something to make you stop and something to re hydrate with.

The little saline bottles that you just break the top off are good for washing shit out of wounds and eyes. Keep a couple handy
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Take care of pain, gi issues and infections with the strongest of those that you can take. Cipro, Immodium & Vicodin are my choices when in suspect areas.
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Sleep well drive safe a medicine without pills
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I've had serious tooth issues on the road before, so I have a prescribed by my dentist small supply of hydrocodone just in case. Nothing like serious tooth pain to incapacitate you. If you control the pain you can get to help.


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Medicines and Antibiotics, Which to carry?

Ciprofloxacin - Metronidazole - Co-amoxiclav - between these they will cover explosive & normal Diarrhoea or stomach upsets, general antibiotic, skin infections etc. Paracetamol and ibuprofen can be taken together for extreme pain. I always carry plenty in case I have a bad off. I used them once in Wales and boy was I glad I had both!! Also take anti histamines.

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I always take:

Doxycycline: for general infections. Works orally too.

Ciprofloxacine: Great for stomach bugs, diarrhoea etc.

Savlon Iodine spray (brilliant): Great for cuts, rashes, bites.

Valium: Great for when you NEED to sleep on a long haul flight or overnight sleeper bus etc. Also a great muscle relaxant and sleep aid if you strain youself (Back, neck etc).. Not to be taken on whim though. Addictive I hear.

Immodium: For obvious reasons.
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Great info, Thx Guys

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I always take:

Doxycycline: for general infections. Works orally too.

Doxycycline can also be used as an anti malarial. One of the side effects can be sensitivity to sunlight which a lot of people suffer with. No fun in Africa or somewhere hot. :-)

Yep, Savlon, sudocreme (has lots of uses, even sun burn, came in very handy with Doxy bad reaction).

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I think it is best to avoid anti-biotics for stomach bugs or diarrhea unless it is extreme or unless you have an actual parasite that will probably not leave on its own accord i.e. the India backpackers favourite - Giardia. Taking powerful anti-biotics kills everything. It really should be a last resort. Likewise, Immodium can cause problems as it undermines your bodies natural defenses, another last resort then.

Exercising caution when choosing places to dine out and implementing some sort of decent water filtration would be wise, as prevention is always the best cure. Also, the worldwide overuse of anti-biotics undermining their effectiveness. I also feel if I can get through a bout of the runs without them that I`m taking one for the team

As for Valium, that is a really useful drug to have around but yes I can attest to it being highly addictive. It is annoying that they are restricted in Europe, for as Ted says, they are fantastic for long-haul flights, and turn an otherwise cramped 14 hour flight into a pretty good party, especially combined with two, three, four or five plus complimentary gin and tonics - after which I find everything makes perfect sense

Iodine liquid is the best anti-septic in my experience, especially for the tropics where cream-based treatments are ineffective. Plus you can purify water with it - great stuff! Only problem is that is it quite hard to find, definitely stock up before you leave.

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on a trip to africa ,had all the antibiotics ,stomach cures
what I forgot was some medicated eyedrops.

was in the central kalahari with some sort of eye infection.
was ready to head for gabarone hospital,when a kindly south african lady
gave me some eye drops .three days later good as new.

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You don't need to take the pharmacy with you as most of what you take from the UK is available everywhere in the world and a lot cheaper.
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You don't need to take the pharmacy with you as most of what you take from the UK is available everywhere in the world and a lot cheaper.
Not really. In some places they donw even have new needles so if you dont bring your own they use the ons from the patient before:


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