Getting food sick in SE Asia

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Getting food sick in SE Asia

Postby stephwitch » Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:55 pm

Hi!
I'm going to Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand next week and I'm slightly concerned about the food, because even though I'm not picky, I have a very sensitive stomach. What are some good medications to bring with me incase I do get sick?
Thanks in advance! :)
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Re: Getting food sick in SE Asia

Postby ballu » Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:11 am

It would probably be a better idea to ask your doctor.
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Re: Getting food sick in SE Asia

Postby brianp » Sun Aug 04, 2013 6:54 pm

I usually have a sensitive stomach when travelling as well. My my past two trips, India and China, I took a Pepto Bismol tablet every morning as a preventive measure. It worked for me. I did not get sick. I plan on doing the same thing when I go to Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam in November. Hope you have a great trip.

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Re: Getting food sick in SE Asia

Postby curly_fries » Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:56 am

Hi Brian,

I went to Thailand last year. I got sick on the plane and that was the only place. I'd stay away from anything to spiced for the first couple of days but I don't think you'll have to many problems. Our guide was really helpful and always had recommendation on what to pick to eat. I'd take some rehydration packs and some dianette (I think that's what its called) just as a precaution

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Re: Getting food sick in SE Asia

Postby kateyb » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:18 am

I used pepto as well and never got sick when I was in that region and I had a lot of street food too.
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Re: Getting food sick in SE Asia

Postby mojowp » Sat Aug 10, 2013 12:58 pm

We brought Cipro and actually needed to use it.

That being said, the pharmacies in those countries can dispense antibiotics for stomach bugs without a prescription. On girl in our group needed it as well and had no problem getting it at a pharmacy.

If you get sick, give it three days and then try to get meds...Don't leave it too long!
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Re: Getting food sick in SE Asia

Postby Zuleika » Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:01 pm

Ciprofloxacin for sure. I always take with me.
Rehydration sachets are always useful in hot countries even when your not sick.
Also immodium but only take that if you are having to travel and need not to be caught short. Immodium doesn't get rid of the bugs merely paralyses the bowel.
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