Pharmacists suggest that you can bring COVID-19, flu or cold and other symptom relief medicines when traveling abroad during the Spring Festival.

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[Reporter Lin Huiqin/Taipei Report] The Wuhan pneumonia (new coronavirus disease, COVID-19) epidemic has been spreading for 3 years. After the country was opened on October 13 last year, many people can't wait to arrange travel abroad for the Spring Festival this year. However, the global epidemic continues. Huang Yanru, spokesperson of the National Federation of Associations, reminded that overseas travel should prepare 6 types of medicines and anti-epidemic supplies, and share flexible matching methods to increase the effect and reduce side effects, making the journey more secure.

Category 1 is symptom-relief drugs for COVID-19, flu or colds

, including antipyretics, pain relievers, anti-nasal fluids, cough-relieving and phlegm-relieving drugs. It is inconvenient for children to swallow pills, and syrup dosage forms can be prepared.

Huang Yanru said that most people in the country have been vaccinated against COVID-19. If they are unfortunately infected, the symptoms usually become severe within 5 days. It is recommended that each person can have a 3-5 day supply.

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Huang Yanru pointed out that related drugs are mainly divided into three types, one is antipyretic and analgesic drugs containing acetaminophen (Acetaminophen), a common brand such as Pronaton, which acts on the central nervous system. 1 tablet, limited to 4 tablets per day. If you take too much, there may be a risk of liver toxicity. If the liver itself has a problem, the safe dosage is lower, and other cold medicines may also contain this ingredient, and the dosage must be considered.

A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain reliever containing ibuprofen. The common brand is EVE. However, it should be noted that the secretion of gastric mucosa may decrease, which may cause stomach pain. Be very careful.

Huang Yanru mentioned that common people have a misconception that taking the first medicine is not effective, so take the second or third medicine, but this is likely to cause overdose. It is recommended to take one that is effective and the best. If you can’t suppress the pain, don’t worry If you take multiple tablets, you can alternately use painkillers with different ingredients and metabolic pathways such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. The effect will be better than taking 2 tablets of the same drug alone, and the side effects are also lower. For pain relief, please ask your pharmacist for a flexible combination.

There is also an antihistamine drug that can improve symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, and skin allergies. Especially in cold winter, some allergic symptoms may be more serious.

However, Huang Yanru reminded that antihistamines are divided into first-generation and second-generation antihistamines. The former acts quickly and passes through the brain and has side effects of drowsiness. The latter is a long-acting type that does not affect brain functions and does not cause drowsiness. For situations that require long-term concentration, second-generation drugs can be purchased.

The second category is masks and alcohol


Huang Yanru mentioned that generally speaking, it is enough to wear a medical mask, but it is also recommended to prepare 1 or 2 N95 masks as a spare, mainly because you must take a plane when going abroad. Passengers have symptoms such as severe sneezing or coughing, which can be used to improve the level of protection.

Category 3 is COVID-19 rapid screening, oximeter, thermometer


Huang Yanru pointed out that the quick screening can be used to screen when you have symptoms to protect yourself and your relatives and friends. It is recommended to prepare 1 to 2 boxes according to the number of travelers and the length of time. The thermometer is also a good helper to control your own health status. For vulnerable groups with poor conditions, it is recommended to prepare an oximeter to help monitor blood oxygen status and avoid the phenomenon of "happy hypoxia".

The fourth category is regular medicines for travel

, such as allergy medicines, people with a history of allergies can carry them with them; if they want to take a boat or car, they can also prepare motion sickness medicines; when traveling to countries with poor sanitary conditions, it is best to bring medicines to relieve diarrhea ; In case there are trips that are prone to injury such as mountaineering, topical ointments can also be prepared.

Class 5 Chronic Disease Drugs


Huang Yanru explained that if the slow medicine medicines are used up or the return time is during the Spring Festival, it has been opened to pick up medicines earlier on January 10, and those who plan to go abroad for more than one month can also take 3 at a time with the photocopies of the air ticket and the cut-out book. Receive all the slow notes within one month, so as to avoid interruption of medication due to failure to return overseas due to the epidemic or other unexpected factors.

The sixth category is to prepare a simple personal medical history


Huang Yanru pointed out that you can download the National Health Insurance Express Autotoll APP of the National Health Insurance Department, and the health passbook in it can display the recent medication details. When seeking medical treatment or taking medication, it can be provided to medical staff for reference to reduce the risk of drug interaction.

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