Last month, I provided some steps one can take before and during travel to save hassle, time, and money regarding illness abroad. Here are more tips.
Know the Generic Names of your Medications. Common brand names used in the U.S. may not be available or widely known where you are traveling. I experienced this myself, when I ran out of blood pressure meds in Greece. Most of us know it's a good idea to bring along a list of the medications we are taking currently, but be sure to include the scientific name as well as the brand name.
If you might need a specific over-the-counter drug, you should know its generic/medical name as well. Here are some of the most common:
- Advil/Motrin = ibuprofen
- Aleve = naproxen
- Tylenol/Excedrin = acetaminophen
- Bayer, others = aspirin
- Benadryl = diphenhydramine
- Dramamine = demenhydrinate
- Pepto-Bismol = bismuth subsalicylate
- Antacids = calcium carbonate, aluminum hydroxide or magnesium hydroxide
- Imodium = loperamide
It May be Difficult or Impossible to get Prescription Medication Abroad, especially in remote locations, so it is a good idea to bring extra medication to tide you over in case of flight delays or other mishaps that may extend your trip.
Membership in a Medical Assistance Company might be worthwhile. Plans, services and prices can vary widely, so compare and do your homework before purchasing. A few that were recommended in the article include:
Locating Doctors and Clinics. The U.S. State Department provides a list of doctors and hospitals abroad. The nearest embassy or consulate in your destination should also have recommendations.