URGENT: Medication I need to keep walking is not available in Thailand

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URGENT: Medication I need to keep walking is not available in Thailand

Post by RCer » Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:39 am

I need to head back to the stastes. I have the $ for my ticket but not enough for the missus. Anyone have some flier miles they'd be willing to donate to a good cause.

The med in question is oxycodone and hydrocodone.

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Re: URGENT: Medication I need to keep walking is not available in Thailand

Post by Homer » Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:22 am

Guam is a US territory. Can you get it there?

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Re: URGENT: Medication I need to keep walking is not available in Thailand

Post by oakdale160 » Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:55 am

Why not have it couried from the US

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Re: URGENT: Medication I need to keep walking is not available in Thailand

Post by RCer » Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:58 am

oakdale160 wrote:Why not have it couried from the US
Dr won't write because she has not seen me in more than 6 month.

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Re: URGENT: Medication I need to keep walking is not available in Thailand

Post by Big Boy » Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:45 pm

Probably a question that you've already explored, but is there an alternative available in Thailand?

I ask because my wife came to Thailand regularly taking a prescription tablet (completely different illness), and I was frantic because I couldn't get it here. A popular hospital prescribed what they considered an alternative, which made her really ill. I took her to Petcharat Hospital who thankfully admitted that they were not good enough to help, but put us in touch immediately with a specialist who could - even better, he had a clinic in Petchaburi that day.

He took my wife off the wrong tablets immediately, and replaced them with an alternative to her original medication, and she was back to herself in 2 days.

Basically, illness is not peculiar to particular countries, its the treatment. There are plenty of sick people in Thailand, who are being treated daily - it might be different treatment, but there are a lot of old people around.
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Re: URGENT: Medication I need to keep walking is not available in Thailand

Post by RCer » Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:50 pm

No med in Thailand comes close. Thanks

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Post by Big Boy » Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:06 pm

OK, I thought you would have tried. In my wife's case, the Thai med was far more advanced than what she'd be taking in the UK.
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Post by J.J.B. » Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:10 pm

It's a controlled drug so likely can't be shipped anyway. As an opioid used for pain relief one of the unfortunate side effects is dependency unrelated to the underlying condition. The Thai authorities may lump it in with other narcotics and it's likely banned due to its frequent abuse. Either find a substitute analgesic, try and obtain it illegally or leave Thailand if you really need it.

Not helpful, I'm sure, but there aren't many other options I can see.
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Post by Takiap » Thu Jul 21, 2016 4:20 pm

I have just read a report written by another expat in Thailand who tried to get the drugs you mentioned. He wasn't able to, but eventually, a doctor at Bumingrad (spelling?) prescribed a fentanyl patch.

Apparently the patch worked just as well, if not better, and one patch lasts for three days. On the downside, he said he can't recall the price, but that he remembers it being rather expensive.


Not sure if this is of any help to you, but maybe worth looking into.



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Re: URGENT: Medication I need to keep walking is not available in Thailand

Post by Ratsima » Thu Jul 21, 2016 4:49 pm

Fly to Saipan or Guam via Manila. Both are US territories and have medical facilities staffed by US doctors. All medications available in the US are available there. Also, if you happen to have Medicare, it is valid on both Guam and Saipan.

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Re: URGENT: Medication I need to keep walking is not available in Thailand

Post by hhfarang » Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:14 pm

That's a big problem. You may have to fly out to the U.S. or some other country every six months. I had a similar issue when I moved there with a chronic back problem that caused debilitating spasms in my lower back. In the U.S. I had a prescription for Soma, which worked to control the spasms but considered a narcotic in Thailand so it was not available there.

I was able to find Valium at one place in Hua Hin which was not as effective. I ended up ordering Soma from an Indian pharmacy who sent it in flat bubble packs in a plain brown envelope with hand written address so that it just looked like personal mail. I did that three times (200 tablets each time) to get me through the ten years there.... don't know what would have happened if I had been caught importing them in that quantity though.
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Re: URGENT: Medication I need to keep walking is not available in Thailand

Post by JamesWest » Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:25 pm

Medication brought into Thailand by travellers for personal use:

Limited quantities are allowed for personal use (30 days of prescribed usage)
A medical treatment letter/prescription from the prescribing physician is required.
Certificate issued by a competent authority of the country of departure to confirm the patient’s legal
authorization to carry the medications for personal use.
A completed application for the applicable permit from the Thai FDA is required.

Examples of narcotic drugs in Category 2 according to The Narcotics Act B.E. 2522 (1979), which are controlled under the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961):
Codeine, Dextropropoxyphene, Dihydrocodeine, Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Methadone, Morphine, Oxycodone, Pethidine.


With the exception of medications containing narcotic drugs of Category 2 under the Narcotics Act B.E. 2522 (1979), or psychotropic substances of Categories 2, 3, and 4 under the Psychotropic Substances Act B.E. 2518 (1975), the importation/exportation of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances into/out of Thailand is prohibited.

1. Carrying Personal Medications into Thailand A. Medications containing narcotic drugs of category 2
The Ministry of Public Health issued the Ministerial Regulation B.E. 2552 (2009) under the Narcotics Act B.E. 2522 (1979), amended by the Narcotics Act B.E. 2545 (2002). It became effective on September 29, 2009. According to the new regulation, travellers to Thailand under medical treatment are allowed to carry medications containing narcotic drugs of Category 2 for personal treatment in a quantity not exceeding 30 days of prescribed usage and must follow the applicable regulations strictly.

Travellers to Thailand under treatment of these medications are required to obtain a permit (Form IC-2) issued by the Food and Drug Administration before travelling to Thailand.

http://permitfortraveler.fda.moph.go.th ... on%202.pdf
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Re: URGENT: Medication I need to keep walking is not available in Thailand

Post by JamesWest » Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:31 pm

Kratom is used for very severe pain, such as the pain that results from car accidents and invasive surgeries. Used in Southeast Asia for millennia, this natural herb for pain is from the same plant family as coffee. It is so effective that it could even replace oxycodone (Oxycontin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin).

In Thailand, fresh leaves are chewed for mild sedative effects. Other naturalists have crushed dried leaves to create a powder to be brewed in tea, or simply added the kratom powder to water for pain-killing effects. A paste can also be made from evaporating kratom from a previously-made tea. Two ounces of crushed leaves per one quart of water is sufficient to make a pain-killing tea. Honey can be added as well for taste (and benefits).

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