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Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)

 

Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)
Pharmacies and medicine on Koh Samui (p.1)

Preparing for a trip to Thailand and Koh Samui, especially for a few months long trip, in addition to insurance everyone usually is suggested to take a large first aid kit – just in case.  
Of course, as the saying goes, "store is no sore" and it is best to have at hand a few proven measurements (especially if you take them regularly, having a chronic disease), as well as medicine, where you have got the instruction in your own native language. But what if you have forgotten to take it with you, and during the trip you have a need for it?
First and most importantly - do not panic!

Because Koh Samui is not a "wild jungle" anymore but a fully developed resort area, where there are hospitals, private doctors and pharmacy, in which the choice of drugs is quite good and the price / quality ratio is often much more enjoyable.
The only things that you might have problems with are injections, soluble (effervescent) tablets and candles (there is only candles from hemorrhoids).
And if the lack of medicines in ampoules we can explain with the fact that any kind of injection is supposed to be carried out by a specialist, and preferably in the hospital, their dislike of the drug in form of candles and soluble tablets is something I have not figured out yet.

Everything else is available, and most of the local drugs are accompanied by instructions in Thai and in English.
Just want to make it clear that this, like most of my other articles on the website Samuidays, were written exclusively on the basis of personal experience of living on Koh Samui (from January 2009 to present), so there will be a bit of " subjectivity" in them. Although I’m  trying to be objective enough, and to give as much information about everything that is related to Koh Samui.

So, back to medicines.

If you have a travel insurance, and the insurance company has sent you to a doctor in one of the hospitals in Samui, you do not have to worry about the medicine  – it will be provided with detailed instructions (in English and most often with explanatory pictures).
That medicine will be just enough for the whole course of treatment.
Drugs are included in the price of the appointment and are given when visiting a dentist, any private medical practitioner or "municipal health centers."
In any pharmacy or hospital medications are packaged in bags that have a zip fastener.


Just like those:


For the long 4 years we have been stupid enough trying to open them in a usual way, just by pulling the edges.
Sometime it would end up in a package with those edges torn out with made it hard to open.
And just last week, in the hospital, I accidentally managed to peep how a nurse would do it. All is easy!
Hold it with two fingers and make a sliding motion one finger to the left, another - to the right. The same movement we do when we turn the pages in the book.

On all the bags with medications you will see your name (make sure it is written correctly). And, in fact, this very bag or rather the sticker on this bag will be the recipe.
Why do you need this recipe, in addition to reminding you about the schedule?
Well, for example, in case if you were prescribed some powerful drugs, the use of which is restricted under Thai law such as painkillers with codeine or sedative Valium (the list is rather big, I'll tell about it later). In case of a random check on the street, the drug should be in the package from the hospital with your name. Also, you have to carry an ID card or at least a copy. Then police wont have any questions (theorericaly).
If the problem is not so big as to disturb the insurance company, or it has refused to cover this particular case, or you always prefer to self-medicate, then at your service are pharmacies in Samui, and their pharmacists.

Yes, Thais also do not like buying expensive insurance and visiting doctors - much easier is to drop by at your favorite pharmacist to chat about this and that and at the same time ask for advice on you current medical problem. Free of charge. Just pay for drugs.
A variety of medicine is sufficient.

Поэтому, прежде чем везти с собой в Таиланд мешок таблеток по списку (такие списки периодически публикуются на форумах, соревнуясь, у кого он длиннее полнее), неплохо проверить, насколько уникальны те препараты, которые вы собрались везти в Таиланд и нет ли местных доступных аналогов в ближайших аптеках.

So, before you decide to carry a bag of pills with you it would be a good idea to check how unique is the medicines that you are going to bring with you in Thailand, and make sure there are no available local counterparts in nearby pharmacies.

You can check it the following way:

Option 1:
- See the drug name in Latin,
- Go to MIMS.com (you will need a simple registration)
- Check the name of the drug - whether it is sold in Thailand.

If you can not find the needed medication, then proceed to option 2
- Look at the main active substance
- Go to the same MIMS.com
- Type in the name of the main active ingredient and get a list of drugs that contain it (just look at the ones that are available in Thailand),
- Specify detailed structure of existing drugs
- Choose what is most suitable (you can double-check it typing the name into a Google search and read the instructions in English)
- Write down the name to a notebook and bring it with you instead of carrying a huge bag of tablets, 99% of which will not come in handy.

Actually, the same scheme applies when finding the right medicine in a sudden in case of illness.
Google look for a Thai analog and go straight to the pharmacy.

Before buying medicine in conventional pharmacies (in some private pharmacies at your request they can sell you something they not supposed to sell, so think for yourself - is it worth buying knowingly "doubtful" drugs), as well as prior to packing a list of drugs in your home country, have a look at a list of drugs which has a limited turnover in Thailand. 

Unfortunately I was not able to find an official Thai source where the information would be the most complete and up to date. There is only a document dated October 2009 - here.

Here is a website http://www.incb.org/ that will give you some information on that subject.
In particular, this is a document from December 2011, which includes a list of brands of drugs, indicating what kind of banned substance they contain - http://www.incb.org/documents/Narcotic-Drugs/Yellow_List/NAR_2011_YellowList_50edition_EN.pdf
And here are the rates for unauthorized transportation and taking of these substances stated in Thai bahts and years. 

Speaking of illegal drugs, for some reason I thought of antibiotics. I'll tell you briefly about them.
Due to the nature of the local climate, which is very favorable for all kinds of infections in the body, in Thailand almost every health problem is dealt with a course of antibiotics. Starting from toothache, scratch and cough – antibiotics are everywhere.
I do not presume to argue about whether it is good or bad. But the fact is that in here you have to take then more often.
What is worse is that they will prescribe all the same antibiotics for everyone, and use them as long as they work for you, as soon as they don’t, they will try the other. Ciprofloxacin and its derivatives are often used.

Restoration of flora after antibiotic is usually never carried out by the local physicians and pharmacists.

So if you think that this is still necessary, then do not forget to drink special milk drinks with thousands of "good helpers" (looks like that), or buy at the local pharmacy capsules of bifidobacteria (they are always there, but the prices are just sky-high.)
By the way, the capsules with lactic acid bacteria (probiotics), as well as vitamins that are necessary to drink, especially water-soluble (while in Thailand, we drink a lot of water, sweating a lot and gradually vitamins and other useful pieces of the body are derived) and if we do not know which local raw food to eat to refill it, you have to buy vitamins - it is better to buy from the online pharmacies.
As a result, even with the shipping from the U.S. it is cheaper than the local pharmacies. This applies exactly to vitamins, probiotics and sports nutrition.

We buy in those two online stores http://www.swansonvitamins.com/ (rather expensive, though, with fast delivery) and http://www.iherb.com - delivery to Thailand only costs $ 4 and is ~ 20-25 days (a parcel must be no more than $ 80 and weighing less than 4 pounds (1814 g.) Promo code to get discounts at 5-10 USD for the first order - WQV736).

To reduce custom fees it is better to declare the purchase as a gift. Even though it is a gift to yourself - it does not matter. Then the price of the parcel will state zero and the customs fees will be calculated by weight and type of content.
If Customs is able to manage to calculate it, the fee is paid upon delivery at the local post office (the amount and place of receipt of the parcel are stated in receipt that will be brought to you, address for delivery you can take from the house owner).
If the customs officers had difficulty with calculation, or if they have questions, such as why do you need 15 packages of one particular type of capsules? – you will be invited to the central customs office in Nathon.
There you will have to pay the fees and collect the parcel (important: sometimes it is possible to bargain – after all we are in Thailand).

If you do not have time to wait for a parcel, good and inexpensive vitamins / probiotics can be bought in Malaysia, we usualy buy them combining the purchase with a Visa Run - in the pharmacy in a huge duty-free in Danok (Sadao, a trip by bus through Hat Yai) these vitamins are also commercially available (the manufacturer does not work in Thailand, but it is not banned so do not be afraid to buy and bring it home).
Vitamins / probiotics we buy and strongly recommend are:

 

Now lets talk about pharmacies.
There are two major drugstore chains in two Samui - Morya Pharmacy and Boots.

Morya Pharmacy

Private, exclusive Samui network, which at the autumn 2012 consisted of 21 pharmacies (franchisee) with the usual assortment, in which the emphasis is made on medicine and traditional medicine, and several pharmacies belonging to the same network, but with a slightly different name - Morya Health & Herbs.
The product range is focused on natural health products, and virtually no traditional medicines.
Website - http://www.moryasamui.com/

Since 2012, the network has its own club system. Having their discound card (it is useful for a long term stay in Koh Samui), with a further purchase of non prescriptive such as vitamins, supplements, oils, balms, etc. - you get a discount. It will be 10% for products under their own brand, and 5% - for other brands. Also in case you have a birthday, in any of the online pharmacies you can choose a gift for a certain amount.

 

 

 

Boots
It is the oldest (over 160 years on the market) company from the UK. Has franchisees in 13 countries around the world, including Thailand.
Thai Boots - http://www.th.boots.com/eng/index.php
On Samui pharmacy network is available at all major shopping centers.
Boots on Samui has the following advantages:
- Many of them drug prices are the lowest on the island,
- You can pay by credit card without additional fees.
- The network has a good variety of goods under its own brands - such goods are of acceptable quality, but much cheaper than the well-known brands

 

You can get a membership card just show them your passport.
Fill in the form and you are ready to purchase gifts from Thailand with a 5-10% discount. For the medicines 5% discount is valid only for those under their own brand name.
With each purchase you get points. And with the accumulation of 50 points you get a discount on your next purchase.


What else do you need the pharmacy for?
In good pharmacies you can measure the blood pressure free of charge, check your weight, measure blood sugar (which is what I personally have not done yet, but this service is declared), to make the simple bandaging (you pay only the cost of the materials) to buy a pair of crutches and other mobility aids (and the price will be lower than in the hospital).

 

 

I have already written about the Thai guessing game "figure out the real price".
So: this trick works everywhere, and pharmacies are no exception!

Example 1: I often buy some particular type of pills that are available everywhere in the Maenam area at 3 baht each (sold in bulk), and one day I needed them urgently and I was on Chaweng. I went to the first pharmacy - 15 baht, the second - 10 baht, the third, fourth ... - 10 baht. It was just ridiculous. I gave the pharmacist the real price, and she immediately agreed to it, but asked not to tell anyone (of course, we're not telling anyone, huh?).
Example 2: We went to the Border Run (through Hat Yai), and along the way due to the air conditioner I got ear ache. Urgently needed the drops of a local brand DexOph. I found a small pharmacy, with a few doctors and explained what I needed. Hooray! I found the the right drops. How much? 150 baht. I am making round eyes, and picking up a fallen jaw to show a figure of 33 baht, printed by the manufacturer on the packaging. Price immediately drops to 40 baht.
Hint: Thailand's manufacturers often specify a recommended price right on the package. Whether it's candy, noodles or cough medicine. Although, for example, the same medicines in the Boots might be 15-20 percent cheaper.

Where else? If you need it urgently ...
In addition to pharmacies, the first-aid, and the most commonly used drugs can be bought at any convenience store.
In the stores such as 7-eleven, Family Mart, Fresh Mart (not in those that sell frozen meat products and eggs), in supermarkets and even in a few Thai shops facing the road.
The range of the products varies somewhat, but almost everywhere you can buy betadine ("iodine analog", for the wound treatment, by the way you can but the real iodine - in a bottle and a form of a pen), paracetamol, almagel, inhalers, patch, cough medicine, paracetamol.

For complex cases, when the drug can not be found in local pharmacies go to any hospital.
If in pharmacy if they don’t currently have it, they will order it for you free of charge. Delivery will take a few days. Please note that the prices of medicines in hospitals are generally higher than in pharmacies.
Oh, and finally I want to share with you what local products we have already tried here and we can safely recommend it.

PART 2

 


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