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help please! prescriptions abroad!

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1. Posted by natalie1989 (Budding Member 66 posts) 2y

Hello everyone

I have asthma and have to take three inhalers twice a day every day. I am going travelling in the weeks time.

I was just wondering if I could buy asthma pumps whilst away and what the protocols are? My doctor is reluctant to prescribe me a years worth for some reason!

This is my itinery

Germany
Finland
Russia
Mongolia
China
Hong Kong
India
Nepal
Thailand
Cambodia
Laos
Vietnam
Philippines
Malaysia
New Zealand
Canada
Iceland
Home

Thank you!!! Please help!

Natalie

2. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 426 posts) 2y

Hi Natalie

You can definitely get hold of asthma inhalers in New Zealand but I think you'll need to visit a GP here and get a prescription. We have Ventolin, a generic salbutamol inhaler, Flexitide (the orange one) and I'm sure there are green ones and purple ones too.

Sounds like an epic trip - enjoy! :)

3. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2420 posts) 2y

Natalie, what does a years worth of inhalers translate into in terms of how many devices you actually require? It sounds like a lot, correct? (I don't now what, "... three inhalers twice a day every day..." actually means.)

Sounds like a fabulous trip.

Cheers,
Terry

4. Posted by Nellyhu (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

Hi,Natalie, welcome to china--- a mysterious country, I‘m in the southwest of China. If you visit the place, send me an e-mail, I will give you more suggestions about your travelling.

5. Posted by Nellyhu (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Aug-2014, at 02:02 by Nellyhu ]

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7. Posted by natalie1989 (Budding Member 66 posts) 2y

Can I buy them in south east Asia?

A years worth would be around 20 inhalers!! :(

8. Posted by chinamatt (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

In Thailand and Malaysia, you shouldn't have a problem finding meds without a prescription. And if you need one, visiting a doctor there shouldn't be a problem.

Also, if you tell your doctor of your travel plans, he/she might be more willing to provide refill prescriptions for the year. That should at least cover you in Europe and NZ.