One frequent question that we deal in the pharmacy is what medication should one be taking while traveling. Here we listed the top travel medicines that we always recommend.
The 3 Travel Medicines on the Go
First in the list is Probiotics. Probiotics are really useful in preparing your gut in an incidence you may encounter overseas. Taking probiotics is the easiest way to strengthen the immune system in the gut. If you’re going to Asia or any country that you are not used to the food that you’re regularly eating here, we always recommend probiotics. The ones we are recommending are shelf safe and that will not lose their potency while on a trip.
2. Anti-Diarrhoea Tablets
Anti-diarrhoea tablet medication is a MUST MEDICINE to take with you. This medication can be used with Probiotics. Hand in hand with the anti-diarrhoea medication, are some electrolytes. Bringing electolytes with you helps prevent dehydration. This will ensure that you are properly hydrated when going to a tropical country. And if you have a bout of diarrhoea, you will be able to manage that quickly with the help of electrolytes.
3. Hand Sanitisers
These are little alcohol-based ones that you can use to clean your hands. It’s a handy way of sanitising hands without the need for water. Clean hands are important for your health so keeping a bottle with you is indispensable.
4. Other travel medicines to consider
There is the whole host of other essential travel medicines that you should stuff in your first aid kit. Cold and flu tablets, anti-allergy medications, and anti-allergy creams are the ones to include in the list. It is best for you to ask a pharmacist for the right travel medicines to take with you.
Should you consider Melatonin as one of the must-have travel medicines?
Melatonin will just help regulate your circadian rhythms. The best way to take melatonin is to put yourself in the time zone of your destination. Use melatonin half an hour before you need to get some rest.
Melatonin comes in various forms and you can get the prescription version of it in a tablet. You can also get some homeopathic preparations over the counter. If you want to use this strategy, please speak to your pharmacist on how to take melatonin.
As a summary, all of the above-mentioned medications can be purchased OTC at the pharmacy. Melatonin, on the other hand, may require a prescription from your doctor. Depending on your condition, you may be required to bring other medications along with you.
For all your travel medicines, always remember to read the labels and use only as directed. If symptoms persist, please see your healthcare professional.
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