Travel Medicine

Motion sickness prevention. Travelers have many options to treat motion sickness.  Over the counter, Dramamine, Meclizine, and Benadryl typically work well for most people. However, for patients not responding to the over the counter treatment, a small Scopolamine patch may be worn behind the ear to control sea-sickness. Each patch is worn for 72 hours and is generally started 4-8 hours prior to the anticipated exposure. The Scopolamine prescription will be for a  box of 4 patches yielding 12 days of coverage.

Jet lag.  Jet lag is a physiological condition which results from disruption of our circadian rhythm or internal clock when traveling.  A traveler suffering from jet lag might experience insomnia, fatigue, headaches, and poor concentration.  Conservative treatments for jet lag include:
-making adjustments to sleep patterns of the new time zone prior to leaving home

-maximizing sleep on the plane
-get active and moving as soon as you arrive at your destination
-ensure exposure to sunlight, if possible, to help reset the internal clock
When conservative treatments are ineffective, a sleep aid such as Ambien can be very helpful to facilitate acclimation to the new time zone.  Ambien comes in 5 and 10 mg tablets.  The 5 mg tablet generally works fine for treating Jet lag.  

Traveler’s diarrhea. Acute diarrhea in a traveler generally requires no treatment other than modification of diet, increasing fluids, and use of Imodium or Pepto-Bismol.  However, if diarrhea becomes severe enough to potentially change the traveler’s itinerary then it is wise to be prepared with treatment. Doc will base the treatment on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for the country of the proposed travel.

Malaria. There are many countries where malaria pre-treatment is recommended.  Typically, this requires treatment starting 1-2 days prior to potential exposure and may continue up to 4 weeks after exposure.  Doc will prescribe treatment based upon the CDC guidelines. 

Once the Travel information is provided Doc will respond within 24 hours.

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