Getting sick in Thailand can be stressful. We know because we have been sick more times than we want to admit. After our many ailments, we’ve become very familiar with Thailand medicine and pharmacies. The process required a lot of trial and error, and we want to share our findings with you.
Thailand medicine for diarrhea and upset stomach:
Thai food can be hard on the system. I know because I’ve spent plenty of time on the toilet after a delicious meal of spicy Thai food. But, sometimes it’s not just the spice. I find that especially soups are hard on my stomach. If you ever experience this, then grab some White Rabbit (Ya
Thailand medicine for a cough and cold:
This is one of the most common illnesses to expect, especially if you are here as a teacher. During our first 6 months of teaching, we must have gotten four colds at least. Rainy season didn’t help. Hopefully, you won’t be as unfortunate, but if you are, look for these meds.
The first is Thai cough syrup. It’s a brown, Anise flavored liquid. The stuff is cheap, around 30-50 baht for a bottle depending on the size. And for the price, it works pretty well. It’s not Nyquil, but it’s an effective alternate while in Thailand.
Another option is Clinicold, although I think this is primarily sold in larger cities. At least, I haven’t found it in North East Thailand.
Thailand medicine for congestion/drainage:
Fun fact, Sudafed isn’t sold over the counter in Thailand. Apparently, you can buy antibiotics, but not Sudafed in a pharmacy. So that sucks because it’s my go-to med for congestion. When I ran out after our first cold, I went into a depression. Well, not really, but I was bummed. Finally, when we were in Chiang Mai, we ducked into a pharmacy and got some nasal spray. I was reluctant. I’ve never found nasal sprays to be very effective, but it was my only real choice.
After trying it, I’ve been converted. It’s magic nose spray. Use it a couple times a day, and you will see a marked difference. I don’t know the name of it in English, but I have a picture of it.
Thailand medicine for a sore throat:
For a sore throat, you have a couple options. The first is to get a basic painkiller like Tylenol, Sara (Paracetamol), or Ibuprofen (Nurofen is a Thai equivalent). This stuff is cheap, especially if you get the Thai stuff.
Another option is this gnarly spray they sell called Kamillosan. It’s a throat spray made up of essential oils, similar to Chloraseptic in the US, except I don’t think you are supposed to swallow Kamillosan. So if you are in Thailand and dealing with a nasty sore throat, it is a good option.
Finally, you can use these throat balls they sell in 7-11 and most pharmacies. They taste really weird, but do help with a sore throat. If you can handle the flavor, give them a go.
Thailand medicine for bug bites/allergic reactions:
The bugs in Thailand are no joke. Do not underestimate them. Seriously, don’t. One bite can swell up pretty bad, but when you get a couple it can launch a full-blown allergic reaction. We’ve seen whole sections of our legs swell accompanied by a rashes covering the rest of our arms and legs. They are painful and itchy. So stay stocked with medicine to help deal with the little suckers bites.
The first option is one of Thailand’s equivalents of Benedryl, which is called Atarax (hydroxyzine). Ten pills are about 30 baht. So it’s cheap. Depending on the pharmacy and how much you purchase, you may or may not get a box. Keep in mind it’s not non-drowsy.
Second, sometimes the Atarax isn’t enough. If it’s really bad, then you should grab some Tram. Tram is a very small tube of steroid cream to help bring down the swelling.
Finally, these aren’t exactly treatments for bug bites or allergic reactions, but they will help you deal with the symptoms. Tiger Balm and Monkey Balm are tremendous itch relievers. The closest thing I can compare them to is Icy hot, but that’s just because they have a cooling menthol effect. Tiger Balm is native to Singapore and, I believe, Monkey Balm is native to Thailand. I cannot speak highly enough of these balms!
Thailand medicine for a yeast infection:
The last thing you want to be doing on a lovely trip to Thailand is dealing with a yeast infection. But, the plethora of bacteria, humidity, and lack of yogurt in Thailand make it an ideal place to develop one. As a precaution, you should bring probiotic because it isn’t sold everywhere. If you do get one, here are some meds to help treat it.
The first is Canesten cream. This is a topical cream applied to the infection to help deal with the itchiness and swelling. It’s available at most
Second, Canesten sells suppository pills. They have two options either a single dose treatment or a 5 day treatment.
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