... Clonazepam 0.5mg, Propoxyphene and Acetomenaphen 100-650 Tab, and Nitrofurantoin 100 mg. Are they or a similar equivalent available there? Specifically in Nicaragua and Costa Rica
9 Sep 2011
Eh, I'd be skeptical about the quality of medications available in third world countries. Often, for people who are leaving for extended periods of time, doctors can give a 6 month supply for you (or your doc can just give you 2mg Clonazepam tablets and write the prescription in such a way that you'll have enough for however long you're there. For example, if your usual dose is 0.5 mg per day, that is 30 .5mg pills per month. A 3 month supply could be written as 45 1mg pills (you should buy a pill cutter and bring it with you).
A 6 month supply can be written as 90 1mg pills written as TID (3xdaily, even if you really are only going to take one 0.5mg pill per day. A year supply could be 90 2mg pills written as TID. Hopefully your doctor is willing to trust you with this amount and will work with you due to your travel plans.
You'd have to ask your doctor to do something similar with your other medications. Up the dosage and instructions, or just say PRN, to give you enough for however long you'll be out of the country.
I'd say you could just rely on someone picking up the prescriptions for you and mailing them, but in many 3rd world countries there are problems with mail theft (heck, even in the USA there are mail theft problems).
I know this because I studied abroad in Morocco for 6 weeks, which isn't that long, but I brought all my medications with me and did not rely on mail service, which was notoriously slow, and medications like Clonazepem are likely to get stolen.
Better safe and have all the meds you need with you, than sorry when you find that the medications offered in Central America are not always pure or as effective as meds in the US. And better safe than sorry if your medications get stolen, which doctors HATE and don't like it when you ask them to write a new script due to theft (they become suspicious about you mis-using drugs, selling them, or abusing them, in this case I'm talking about Clonazepam).
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