Optimize your trip to Nepal with 9 essential medications

Many travelers from around the world keep Nepal on their list of must-see destinations. But, your trip to Nepal or to any of the new destinations means that you may encounter a new environment, different stimuli and organisms; that could make you sick. Therefore, to fully experience Nepal on your visit, you must take precautions to keep yourself safe and healthy.

For this, you need to take some medications with you and here we recommend some that will help you during your trip to Nepal. [Note: This excludes the round of annual vaccines you take, vaccines recommended by your country before travelling and compulsory Covid vaccines.]

1. Over-the-counter medications

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Many ailments and illnesses are easy to solve with a pill or two. So if you are traveling and want to avoid getting sick or heal your ailments quickly, you should take some over-the-counter medications with you such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin (acetaminophen/Flexon), ibuprofen (Brufen/Advil) which can be used as a pain reliever. or as a pill to relieve fever.

Other over-the-counter medications can be antibiotics such as azithromycin and ciprofloxacin or liquid enzymes such as Aristozyme and even Digene tablets or liquids for any digestive or gastronomic problems. Since travelers have different palettes; you are likely to face some issues while having takeout.

2. Tablets/water purification equipment

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Just like food, water can also give you some unwanted ailments and digestive problems. So, if you want to travel to Nepal and will be on the road for most of your trip, take with you Halazone Iodine (Tetraglycine Hydroperiodon), Chlorine (Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate), Chlorine Diiodide Tablets for -related illnesses. At the very least, you don’t have to worry about drinking contaminated and unhygienic water.

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3. Antihistamine

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If you are a foreigner during your trip to Nepal, you may encounter some allergies due to dust or pollen. For this, if you take over-the-counter antihistamine medications such as brompheniramine (Dimetane) Cetirizine (Zyrtec) Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton) which treat symptoms such as itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, hives, hay fever, conjunctivitis, and reactions to stings or stings of insects.

4. Cold and flu medications

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Other over-the-counter medications that you can take with you during your trip to Nepal for coughs, colds, or stuffy noses include Aleve, Tylenol, and Nyquil, among others. You can bring some spray or balm, vaporizers and even sancho, a multipurpose essential oil of local herbs.

5. First aid kit

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Carrying a first aid kit with you can be very useful not only during your trip to Nepal. Not every wound or pain needs to be checked out by medical professionals in a hospital. Also, first aid kits are to give you immediate attention to your ailment and minimize injury or pain.

To do this, you can take a small kit with you that includes some adhesive bandages, gauges, cotton, pancakes, band-aids and pain sprays for your ankle injury or sprains that are common during trekking and hiking.

6. Medicines for altitude sickness

Nepal is famous for its mountains, so if you are traveling to Nepal for trekking or mountain climbing, make sure you also take Acetazolamide or Diamox tablets. Since the mountains are at a significant altitude that you may not be familiar with, you may develop (acute) altitude sickness while hiking above 3,500m above sea level. It is not a guarantee but you can take measures to avoid it on your part.

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7. Insect repellent cream

File: Dengue is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes.
File: Dengue is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes.

Nepal reports rare cases of dengue, malaria and even encephalitis. If you do not want to get sick during your trip to Nepal from mosquito bites, you should take precautions.

Apart from this, Nepal is home to many insects and pests that you may not be familiar with. A bite or contact with insects can make you sick. So take some insect repellent creams like Ultrathon, Picaridin and Odomos to prevent malaria and dengue fever.

8. Sunscreen

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It is not a medicinal choice. However, you expose yourself even more to the sun during your trip to Nepal. The higher you go, the more vulnerable you are to ultraviolet rays. The harsh rays of the sun can leave you with sunburn to say the least. Therefore, wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30+ and UV protection glasses if necessary.

Also, if you are traveling to the plains of Nepal, you will also need sunscreen to protect yourself from harsh weather and sun exposure.

9. Regular Prescription Drugs

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In addition to all these recommendations, if you suffer from any type of health problem at the moment or in the long term, make sure you take your regularly prescribed medications or any other medical equipment that you may need on a daily or regular basis during your trip. the whole trip to Nepal. DO NOT leave it to chance to get the drugs in (remote) Nepal.

Take care, take your medications and travel safe.

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