It’s never easy when you move to a foreign country nonetheless factoring in a language barrier. I was lucky enough to have help in getting the proper medicine regarding various ailments, but just in case you don’t have someone to help, here are a few must-haves to keep in your home and office.
- One thing you should know is that any medication can be bought over-the-counter; however, if you think purchasing Valiums here will remotely equal that of prescription-based US Valium, you’re completely wrong.
- Another rule is that you may describe any problem you may have to your pharmacists and (s)he will be able to direct you to the appropriate medication instead of going to a doctor (also saving you the LE 150 checkup fee). And in areas where there is a higher number of expats, there will always be someone that speaks enough English to accommodate you.
- For women: you will find female pharmacists in various locations. I suggest keeping a note of the pharmacies that you see them at in case you encounter personal problems that you don’t feel comfortable in relaying to a man (ie urinary tract infections and menstrual problems).
- The best news is that most pharmacies deliver, so make sure you take a card from your nearest pharmacy and add the number to your mobile.
First up, you are going to get a case of Pharaoh’s Revenge periodically, no matter how strong you proclaim your stomach to be. The number one medicine for this, and I recommend that ladies keep a few capsules in each purse, is Antinal.
Feeling a bit under the weather? Try Panadol Cold & Flu. Also for women, Panadol regular may help with menstrual cramps (it is similar to Midol, but as a personal experience, Panadol makes me feel nauseous and you should always eat before taking it).
One of my ultimate favorites for pain relievers is Catafast. It's a minty powder that you can mix into water (I take mine straight and just chase with a liquid), but you can get its sister, Cataflam, as the usual anti-inflammatory medication. For women: I recommend Catafast first for menstrual cramps).
The ibuprofen equivalent is dubbed Brufen. Take this for headaches (and I'm sure other uses, but again, Catafast is my first choice for pain).
I was prescribed Flagyl in conjunction with other medications when I had a major infection as a result of a "rogue" wisdom tooth.
For women: if you're faced with the oh-so painful UTI, this is a must! Take Cipro until it is completely gone, not until you no longer feel pain. Also, if you live in Maadi, pick up Ocean Spray cranberry juice (imported but not costly) and drink while staying away from things like carbonated beverages (coke, pepsi, sprite, etc).
And if you have any other suggestions, such as herbal remedies, please feel free to pass them along. Remember, these are just a couple of the most important items that I find myself using the most.