Refill Prescriptions Right Away to Save Money
At some point in your world travel endeavors you will probably have to pick up a few prescriptions before you head out the door to help aid you in eating that shady delicious taco from that roadside stand. A lot of times on a prescription anti-biotic or medication, like ciproflaxacin used for travelers diarrhea, check on the bottle to see if there is a refill that is allowed. If there is, a smart thing to do is to refill that prescription before it expires, even if you don’t use it all, and that way you don’t have to go back to the doctor to get another prescription and can save a lot of money. Some of those prescription medications have a shelf life of a few years. That way, you can always have some on hand if you decide to pick up for a spur of the moment trip and be prepared in case montezumas revenge gets a hold of you. I keep my left over prescriptions in my travel pack out of the sunlight and in my closet. That way when the mood catches me to take a quick breezer somewhere I am ready.
I think that travelers diarrhea is by far the most inevitable ailment to prevent. I have learned that it is pretty much a given no matter where I go in this world. Mainly because hygienic standards just aren’t up to speed like back home here in the states. I love to eat at the markets and off the street, and I just can’t seem to pass up that little old lady selling the most amazing looking snacks regardless of what the outcome might be. Everything is a gamble and you need to hedge against your bets. One time I was in Ecuador and I was hanging out with three of my friends. Well lets just say that we all came down with Montezuma’s revenge at the same time and it was truly comical. We went out to lunch together and as soon as we began to eat our food, one guy would break for the bathroom, then a minute later another one of my friends would go. Then all of a sudden I would get the stomach rumbles and break for the bathroom, and you get the idea. How a cheeseburger can move through your system at lightning fast paces is still a medical mystery to me. It is truly impressive.
Every prescription is different so make sure to check the labels and expiration dates. It is also a good idea to refill if you have good health insurance that will cover the cost slightly. Always investigate the option for generics as well to help save some cash. Also, if you know that your travel time is up and you won’t be traveling for a while, you can always consider donating your leftover medications to local hospitals. I know malaria medicine is always in need a lot of third world countries. Even if you don’t use all the meds right away, it is better to stock up while you can and hold onto them for future use. This way you can save some cash. I am not a doctor and this isn’t medical advice, this is just a practicality that I found out myself.