May 10 04
Planning adventures abroad can be spur-of-the moment or meticulously planned. Having a trip ruined by sickness is a waste of your precious time and income, and in some very rare cases your life.
Venturing abroad to more remote areas may mean access to medical services is limited or some time away, and sometimes confusing due to language barriers.
Taking medical precautions when traveling to some areas is a necessity (eg: malarial areas), but preparing for other eventualities (travel sickness, diarrhoea, jet lag) is also fairly easy and inexpensive to remedy.
Purchasing medications on prescription to remedy common conditions such as travel sickness, traveller’s diarrhoea, and jet lag has been made more convenient with the advent of online doctors prescriptions from websites such as Dr Fox.
Complete a comprehensive medical questionnaire and order the medication required to keep for standby use.
All medicines are supplied by a UK based NHS partner pharmacy and are the same as if prescribed by your local GP. Medicine obtained abroad is not necessarily subject to the same quality and legitimacy controls as in the UK.
Medicines can have a long shelf-life, so may be taken with you on multiple trips.
High Altitude Sickness
Perhaps of more relevance to readers is the supply of Diamox (Acetazolamide) on prescription to treat the effects of high altitude sickness. Diamox increases the amount of urine produced and changes the acidity of the blood. The net effect is to improve breathing and reduce fluid around the brain and in the lungs.
Acetazolamide is not licensed to prevent and treat altitude sickness, although it has long been used for this purpose.
For some areas of travel it is highly-advisable to take precautions to prevent malaria, including taking a course of anti malaria tablets. Full details on what areas are considered at risk and what malaria tablets to take are available from the Dr Fox website.
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