I make sure that I am very ‘pill prepared’ (along with other dosage forms) before leaving the U.S. for my voyages. I compiled a list of easy to find, low cost medications that I personally used, and at times, offered to others in need during my vacations. I feel my trip time is precious and should not be consumed with asking others for allergy medicine or Pepto Bismol. I never leave home without ’em!
- Anti-Red/Dry Eye Lubricant i.e., Visine ® , GenTeal ®, etc
2. Anti-Itch/Infection creams and ointments, i.e., hydrocortisone (for itching and swelling), clotrimazole (for ringworm), neosporin (cuts/scrapes prone to infection)
3. Antihistamines (oral), i.e., diphenhydramine, loratadine (for systemic allergic reactions) *I have to be careful because they can result in drowsiness!*
4. Cough/Cold/Decongestant medications
5. Anti-Nausea/Diarrhea/Constipation medications, i.e., meclizine (anti-nausea), loperamide (anti-diarrhea) and docusate (stool softener). Pepto-Bismol® is great for nausea and diarrhea, but I sometimes forget that it can discolor bodily wastes and give me a black tongue. Ewww!!!
Honorable Mention: Aloe Vera Gel– Not a medication, but I couldn’t pass up mentioning it!!! It is a ‘jack of all skin trades’ in that it’s used for sun burns, moisturizing, scars, shaving and even for hair styling!
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