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1. Posted by babwoo (Budding Member, 21 posts) 14 Nov '08 08:12

Hi

I am due to go travelling in 3 weeks for around a year. I spoke to my doctor this morning in the hope of getting around 14months supply of my pill (Yasmin) but they have said they aren't allowed to issue more than 6 months at a time :(

I will have enough for 7 months a I have a month left but after that I'll be a bit stuck somewhere in SE Asia. I don't think we'll be staying in one place long enough to get my mum to send me another 6 months so I was wondering if anyone knows if I'll be able to find this pill somewhere in SE Asia.

Places we'll probably go are

India
Singapore
Malaysia
Thailand
Cambodia
Laos
Vietnam

Do you think I'll be able to get Yasmin in any of these places?

Thanks :)

Posts 2 & 3 were removed by moderators
4. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru, 880 posts) 14 Nov '08 10:58

While I don't disbelieve you about the rules your local pharmacist (Chemist, in UK?) set out, I do wonder at the thinking....To ensure the freshest pill, perhaps?

While I am not a woman, and have never had to buy these things, I fell confident that India will be able to cover your needs. They are exceedingly well stocked and I would guess that there is very little you can't find, at need(as Tolkien would say). I cannot speak to the other countries, but I envy you your trip.

Good luck out there....

and!!!

(lol)

D

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 14, 2008, at 11:02 AM by Piecar ]

5. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 14 Nov '08 11:57

Different countries do have varying regulations on the number of months one prescription can cover. Sometimes it comes down to the type of medical plan or if it's socialized health care. Regardless of the reason, it can put a crimp in one's medications.

Oral contraceptives, including Yasmin, should be available in all of the countries you are visiting. Plan to refill in a major city (such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Chaing Mai, etc.). Some places dispense only from clinic or hospital pharmacies so keep that in mind also. Again, you should be able to refill. Just don't wait until you have 10 pills left and are in a very rural area for 2 weeks.

When you speak with your physician again request these things:

    • A written prescription for the 6 month supply you will refill on the road.
    • A written letter of health with his/her signature and dated to match the prescription. This letter should include the fact that you are prescribed Yasmin and are in possession of a follow-up prescription to be refilled while traveling. If you are taking any other prescribed meds, those should be listed in the letter as well.
    • Written prescriptions for any other meds.

It may sound like overkill but if you should misplace or lose your medications/OCs, you'll have the back-up prescriptions. The letter of health is just an added layer of protection should you need medical care along the way. It is additional proof your personal physician did in fact write those prescriptions if they are questioned by a pharmacist. Keep everything with your passport and other travel documents so they aren't lost or stolen.

Hope that helps.

ps: I removed Andy's post and also yours as yours would not have made sense once his "lol" was gone. ;)

6. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru, 880 posts) 14 Nov '08 14:47

while I grant that you are the Grande Dame here...and I am just some new guy...The other guy's comment was retarded and useless, but not angry... and my reaction was , in my opinionfunny.....Too much editorial incursion is a danger to be guarded against.
Thanks, though, for informing me, of your edits of my comments and ideas.

7. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru, 664 posts) 15 Nov '08 00:49

Before we started travelling my GP told me the same thing. He gave me a 6 month supply so then I went to a Family Planning clinic, explained the situation and the doctors there quite happily gave me another 10 months worth.

You need to keep at least 3 months worth more than what you will need as a back up (in case you need to run packs together or lose a pill out of a pack etc). Your mum won't be able to get the pills on your behalf (my mum asked this for me too and in the UK they will only give the pill/prescription if you are there in person to have a check up).

The reason for only giving 6 months at a time in the UK is because as a woman on the contraceptive pill you should have your blood pressure, weight etc checked to ensure you aren't having adverse effects from the pill. However, the Family Planning clinic was happy to give so many to me because I promised that my boyfriend (who is a doctor) would monitor my blood pressure for me. If you explain the situation and promise to visit a clinic while you are away at 6 monthly intervals to have your blood pressure checked (have your most recent reading with you) they should be fine with it.

Now we have been away for over two years and the best place to buy the pill over the counter is in Thailand, even my pill which isn't as common as others can be found. I am positive I saw Yasmin on sale and it was around 58 baht per pack and you can buy as many as you need. The last time I was there I got 13 packs to keep me going as I haven't seen it anywhere else.

In Singapore and Malaysia they are a lot more strict with over the counter medicines and prescriptions are used. Your best bet is Thailand. They have Boots there and all pharmacists speak excellent English, also Carrefour and Watsons pharmacies are very good too.

Hope this helps!

8. Posted by babwoo (Budding Member, 21 posts) 15 Nov '08 06:16

Thank you everyone for the replies.

I'm a bit less stressed about it now so will probabaly speak to a family planning clinic.

Thanks!

9. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 15 Nov '08 06:29

Quoting Piecar

while I grant that you are the Grande Dame here...and I am just some new guy...The other guy's comment was retarded and useless, but not angry... and my reaction was , in my opinionfunny.....Too much editorial incursion is a danger to be guarded against.
Thanks, though, for informing me, of your edits of my comments and ideas.

Piecar - I did not edit you and your reference remains - which I'm sure will not be lost on Babwoo. My deletion of was Andy and Babwoo's posts. I'm also very keenly aware of the dangers of editorial incursions. So, back to topic.

10. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru, 5336 posts) 15 Nov '08 20:06

Hi Babwoo,

I was able to get Yasmin in every country in South America, so I would imagine that you should be able to get it somewhere in South East Asia also :)

Ev