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please help! prescriptions abroad!

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1. Posted by natalie1989 (Budding Member 66 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone,

I have posted on here a few times..

My boyfriend and i are going travelling september 1st 2014 for between 15 - 18 months.

The issue i have is that i have asthma and need to take two inhalers per day every day. My doctor is quite reluctant to prescribe me 18 months worth of and to be honest i am reluctant to carry around that amount as it would clog up my backpack massivley! I also dont know if i can even bring that amount of medication into and out of countries?

I have briefly readand heard that you can buy prescriptions over the counter in places like south east asia etc. Is this true? If so, is it legal? Can i take it out of the country? How much does it cost? Is it legal? How do i know i will be able to access the correct prescription?

Another question, how readily available is the contraceptive pill? Without divulging too mucj information about my contraception (hahaja) i just want to know if i can access it whilst away?

We are going to the following countries:

New zealand

In that order

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much guys

Natalie x

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3. Posted by Camaro (Budding Member 32 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!


Somehow convince your doctor to give you the prescription for 18 months. Take some inhalers with you and leave most of them with your family. Than when your abroad and about to run out, get your family to fed-ex you some inhalers to your guesthouse or hostel.

If not, you can try getting them abroad. You might have trouble finding specific inhalers but it also might be much cheaper than buying them in the US. Places like Canada and countries in SE Asia are known to have cheap prescription drugs!

Hope this helps!

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Nov-2013, at 08:06 by Camaro ]

4. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1839 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Do be careful of buying fake drugs in Asia.

Be aware that some medicines interfere with the effectiveness of contraception. Would a coil not be better?

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[ Edit: Edited on 23-Nov-2013, at 10:20 by Cyberia ]

5. Posted by OliviaHulett (Inactive 12 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Off course be careful of buying fake drugs in Asia. Places like Canada and countries in Asia are known to have cheap prescription drugs.Somehow convince your doctor to give you the prescription for 18 months.

6. Posted by natalie1989 (Budding Member 66 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the advice guys, but if i do somehow persuade my doc to prescribe 18 minths worth, or even 12 months worth, is it legal to bring in my backapck into the country?

Cheers guys

Natalie x

7. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 873 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I'm always amazed at people that claim to have traveled in Asia, then make remarks insinuating that nothing there can be trusted.

Of course you can get medications in Asia and they will be the same as your prescription medications at a fraction of the cost. Most large Asian cities have excellent medical treatment facilities, which is why so many westerners are going there on medical holidays to take care of specific problems that would either cost them a fortune in their home countries.

The pharmacists at chemists are a wealth of knowledge, probably more so than a lot of western doctors. I remember in a tiny Indian village asking a little back street pharmacist about a particular aliment, and he gave me the most detailed run down of what my options were with medications. Then another time being in a chemist in Nepal where a western husband and wife, were barraging the chemist with questions about prescription medications and receiving satisfactory answers to everything they asked.

I'd probably go with as much medication that you are comfortable carrying, (assuming you dont only travel with carry on luggage. ;) ) and then stock up again in Thailand, or Malaysia. Worst case you can make it to Australia and go see a doctor at a hospital for free and get another prescription.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Nov-2013, at 19:55 by Dodger ]

8. Posted by 2globetrotters (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Don't worry too much! I'm traveling for 4 years now and need medication daily.
I have a letter in English from my doctor stating that I need those medication for my disease. I would not go without a statement like this!

In Malaysia I ran out of supply so I went to an hospital there. With this letter I received a prescription from them and at the same hospital I could go to the pharmacy there. In Europe I would not worry at all. It would not be a bad idea to look on the internet if your med is available in the countries you would like to visit or in case of need an alternative. or under what name..

There is of course always the question of payment. You always have to pay whether you are insured or not. If you do not trust the local hospital go for a private one.

safe and adventurous travels
rini brouwer

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