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1. Posted by caz2468 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hello!

My boyfriend and I are going travelling for the first time on 5th Feb and we have recently purchased our doxycycline malaria tablets but the problem is that we have 200 tablets as we are going for 5-6 months to Asia....They pack the tablets in packets of 8 tablets so there are loads of boxes! They will take up most of our backpack! We were wondering if we could put them all together in a bottle or something but will this be a problem going through customs in vietnam, cambodia and thialand, as they are prescribed tablets? Should we leave them as they are, in boxes with our names printed on the presecription label etc?

Any 'official and reliable' advice on this would be great! We dont want to repack them then find ourselves in a vietnamese prison!!

Thank you very much!
Carolyn and Ben

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1586 posts) 10y

Quoting caz2468

Hello!

My boyfriend and I are going travelling for the first time on 5th Feb and we have recently purchased our doxycycline malaria tablets but the problem is that we have 200 tablets as we are going for 5-6 months to Asia....They pack the tablets in packets of 8 tablets so there are loads of boxes! They will take up most of our backpack! We were wondering if we could put them all together in a bottle or something but will this be a problem going through customs in vietnam, cambodia and thialand, as they are prescribed tablets? Should we leave them as they are, in boxes with our names printed on the presecription label etc?

Any 'official and reliable' advice on this would be great! We dont want to repack them then find ourselves in a vietnamese prison!!

Thank you very much!
Carolyn and Ben

I keep filling my old doxy prescription bottle with doxy I buy in Thailand. Doxy is cheap in Thailand, probably 4 baht to 8 baht per tab. Maybe your pharmacist can print another label and stick that label to one of those plastic medicine containers for you. Then you can pop the caps into the new container. (Vietnam has cheap pharmacies too!)

AL

3. Posted by jennathan (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

I keep filling my old doxy prescription bottle with doxy I buy in Thailand. Doxy is cheap in Thailand, probably 4 baht to 8 baht per tab. Maybe your pharmacist can print another label and stick that label to one of those plastic medicine containers for you. Then you can pop the caps into the new container. (Vietnam has cheap pharmacies too!)

If buying medicine over there, do you need to have a prescription? Or is it not necessary?

4. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 10y

I just went to and came back from Cambodia recently and I'm still on my post visit dose of doxy. I've done some research on the net and found that it's not advisable to take doxy for any more than 3 months continually. Since you'll be travelling for 5/6 months, maybe you should get further advice from your pharmacist as to the duration of the doxy dose.

Didnt have any problems in Thailand and Cambodia on the doxy tablets that I was carrying around.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1586 posts) 10y

Quoting jennathan

I keep filling my old doxy prescription bottle with doxy I buy in Thailand. Doxy is cheap in Thailand, probably 4 baht to 8 baht per tab. Maybe your pharmacist can print another label and stick that label to one of those plastic medicine containers for you. Then you can pop the caps into the new container. (Vietnam has cheap pharmacies too!)

If buying medicine over there, do you need to have a prescription? Or is it not necessary?

You do not need a prescription for most medicines in Thailand. Medicine prices are regulated by the government. Exceptions are highly potent narcotics, stuff like that.

There are other anti-malaria medicines available also. Penicillin, streptomycin and other antibiotics are also available without prescription.

No prescription needed for doxy. The difference in price is between what is made locally (4 baht) and something imported (8 baht.) Like all medicines you purchase over the counter, check the expiration date on the container, also check the data sheet for proper use.

Okey dokey.

6. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 10y

A few years back I spend 6 months is SE Asia and have also travelled to Sri Lanka and Indonesia on separate trips never once taking antimalarials. If you talk to other travelers, use deet and avoid malarial areas. You shouldn`t need to carry a supply for your entire trip just enough to tide you through trouble spots. Just my 2 cents some of us are more cautious than others.....