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Prescribed or Proscribed?

We will be taking a trip soon, and, thanks be to God, our travel companions alerted us in time that there is a new requirement for Yellow Fever Shots, malarial precautions are now strongly recommended, AND medications we buy over the counter are prescription medications in Zambia, and you can be arrested for carrying them into country; they would be contraband.

Horrors! I’ve always taken Benedryl for my allergies, and because I am also a mosquito magnet, I use Benedryl gel to survive the mosquitos, and the tse-tse flies. Our doctor is a gem; he wrote prescriptions and today we got them filled so we can take our OTC medications into Zambia with us. The pharmacists didn’t bat an eye. They see it all the time.

“You heading out on a mission?” another customer asked.

“Not a religious mission,” I laughed. AdventureMan has a mission to get some spectacular photographs. Pensacola has several churches that sponsor major missions throughout the world, and missionaries are found in Pensacola pharmacies stocking up on a couple years worth of prescription medications – as well as the medications proscribed by host countries. I also suspect that having all these people that travel and live throughout the world contributes to the variety of cuisines available and sought after in Pensacola restaurants. I just wish we’d get some Ethiopians!

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May 21, 2012 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Community, Cross Cultural, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Pensacola, Shopping, Travel, Zambia

4 Comments »

  1. Godspeed, ye Pensacolians! I lived in Zambia for a bit in the early 70s. Enjoy Lusaka and especially, the Musiotunya (the smoke that thunders). More than the sight of the waterfalls you will enjoy the sounds of it. It is sure to entrance you. Do be careful with your antimalarial meds though: if you are G6PD defiicient, some of these sulphonamide meds are definitely not for you. Am sure your doc would have sorted this one for you. Pardon my innocence but I always thought Benadryl is an expectorant that leaves you feeling drowsy and constipated.
    Never imagined a mosquito repellent effect for it. Gee! you learn something new each day.
    Safe landings!

    Comment by Viagra on the Niagra | May 23, 2012 | Reply

  2. LOOOLLLLL, BL, I had no idea you had lived in Zambia. This is our fifth trip there. We think Zambia is breathtaking.

    Benedryl helps me control my allergies. Benedryl gel helps me cope with my mosquito and tse-tse fly bites; they head straight for me. We are taking Malerone; I am hoping that when you say sulphononamide that Malerone does not have sulfa. I’m allergic to sulfa. Larium gives me vivid dreams, and some of the others aren’t effective against the strains of malaria in Luangua.

    You are totally right about the sounds. Hippo laughter. “Go-away” birds. And oh, the smells. The smell of the first rain falling in the dry sage is enough to make me cry.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 23, 2012 | Reply

  3. You’re right there about Malarone. In the old days I would prefer the WHO based skin formula: Autan from the neck down to keep the little suckers from biting. And it may be a good idea to also carry with you pesticide impregnated mosquito nets for snoozies.

    Will let you in on a personal detail of my life- I believe I was actually, conceived in Zambia.
    No marks for guessing why I ended up being so funny and majorly f x x x ed up in my head :)

    Say, have you guys done India ? Now is as good a time as any to do it especially, since the bottom has fallen out of a free falling rupee- stretches one’s bottom dollar even further.
    Try the palace hotels in Rajasthan, Ananda Spa in the Himalayas, Khajuraho and cave paintings of Ajanta Ellora and most certainly; God’s own country- Kerala.
    I know you will like it.

    Comment by Pooping Viagra on the Niagra | May 27, 2012 | Reply

  4. Sounds like a good idea. I know there are some tigers, I think in Rajasthan, who swim in ponds. Want to see them soon; they are declining rapidly. Also, because I love textiles, India is a target-rich environment. :-)

    As for your head . . . we are all messed up, each in our own special way. You were created to be exactly who you are. You are well educated, and earning your own way. We are all alien, each in our own way.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 27, 2012 | Reply


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