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Posted 2010-06-29 12:11:38
I have just moved to Thailand and I take medication for high blood pressure. In the UK this is prescribed by the local GP. Is this type of medication available over the counter in Thailand or does it have to be a prescription issue by a GP the same as in the UK. I am presently taking Amias (Candesartan Cilextil) does any one know if this medication is available in Thailand.
Posted 2010-06-29 14:13:13
Almost every single medication are available OTC in Thailand including blood pressure medication.(except sleeping pill and chemo tablet!)
Candesartan is available OTC here ( Blopress) but it is very expensive as an imported medication.
You may use other ARB alternative as they have them in generic here ( Loranta, Tanzaril).
If your blood pressure is under control and you have no other problem and you wish to continue your prescribed medication, you can buy it at any chemist.
If you are not sure about other problems( Heart/kidney/Dyslipidemia), you may consider seeing the doctor fisrt and follow his/her instruction and treatment.
Once on ARB in long term, kidney function and potassium level should be tested occasinally.
Posted 2010-06-29 20:37:03
As above. Since you are still in the UK I suggest you ask your doctor if there is any reason why you could not switch to losarten (the generic name for the Thai made brands Loranta and Tanzaril). Explain to him that you will have to pay out of pocket for meds once in Thailand and that losarten is available in a local generic forum whereas Candesarten is not.
Posted 2010-06-30 12:42:17
Not quite true on the OTC. Some cities in Thailand yes and some cities no. I live in Chiang Mai which is yes but when I go to Surin its NO.
Posted 2010-06-30 17:57:33
You may order them online from trusted Chemist eventhough you are in Surin or Sisaket then.
Posted 2010-06-30 18:26:58
Thanks for the info on that. I just go to the main farang hospital in Surin see a doctor and get my medication they do have it and even with seeing the doctor its the same price as if i had gone to a chemist.
Posted 2010-07-02 16:43:05
While we are on the subject. Does anyone know the generic or what Prinivil (lisinopril) is called in Thailand? Looked everywhere for this today in the Bangna area but to no avail...
Posted 2010-07-04 21:04:30
Planning on retiring, with Thai wife, some time soon, to Petchabun area.
Does anyone know whether the following medications are available in Thailand, whether there are any generic equivalents, or where I can order them (Bangkok?):
1. Ivabradine - (Trade name: Procoralan)
2. Valsartan - (Trade name: Diovan)
3. Rosuvastatin - (Trade name: Crestor)
Posted 2010-07-05 09:10:55
Ivabradine is a very new drug and new class of drugs, there are no other forms of it available. It is available as brand name Coralan but will be expensive. May also be hard to find in small pharmacies or in rural areas but can certainly be obtained in Bangkok or other large city.
Valsartan is available in a local generic brand called Valatan, made by Silom medical.
Rosuvastatin is only available as brand name import but simvastatin, which is in the same family of drugs and has same action, is widely available under many local brand names, suggest you ask your doctor if there is any reason why you cannot switch to it instead.
You need to think carefully about how you will finance health care once here as with a pre-existing heart condition it will be difficult to get local insurance and as a foreigner you will not be eligible for free health care. You can go to government hospitals, but you'll have to pay and while costs are lower than in private hospitals they can still add up to a considerable amount in cases of serious illness or major surgery. Stent placements are especially costly due to the cost of the devices themselves.
I'd also be a bit concerned about being all the way out in Petchabun as it will be a long trip to the nearest decent hospital. Govt hospitals below provincial level are not worth going to and even at provincial level specialty care is limited. In that general region, Khon Kaen is probably the best served as it has a regional government hospital (provincial hospital that also offers specialty services in a tertiary care capacity) affiliated with a medical school. There is also a private hospital in Khon Kaen (Ram) which is affiliated with the medical school as well but of course more expensive. I'd suggest considering the distance to Khon Kaen in selecting where you live.
Posted 2010-07-05 10:39:45
As sheryl said, Ivabradine is only available as expensive orginal made (Coralan).
Can you not take Beta- blocker instead?? You may want to discuss with your cardiologist if procoralan can be replaced with beta-blocker(such as carvedilol,nebivolol).
Generic Carvedilol and Nebivolol are available at a very reasonable price.
Coralan will cost you a fortune unless you do not mind to spend ~5000-6000/month for the three medication.
Posted 2010-07-05 21:38:24
Can I order the medications I need from the UK ?
Could you please provide a web link to a Thai pharmacy that would do this.
Posted 2010-07-05 21:47:49
I live in the UK. I am really tired of paying heavily for my medication, it's another form of tax here. I am thinking of travelling to LOS for a holiday and while there buying enough medication for several years.
I am asthmatic and take Ventolin [Salbutamol], and [Clenil Modulite] I also have hypertension, and for this take [Losartan], I also need to take Prosac.
Is it possible that I could buy these medications wholesale. I would like to buy enough to last for a good few years.I suppose the place to try is BKK.
The meds in brackets are the generic names for them I think. I have yet to discover the generic name for Prosac.
Are these meds commonly found in LOS
Posted 2010-07-05 22:53:48
Could I ask the same question about AMLODIPINE.
Is there a generic equivalent available in Thailand ?
Posted 2010-07-06 14:08:58
Amlodopine is available in a number of inexpensive local generic brands. Ambes is the GPO product.
Lasartan is likewise available under many different brands.
Salbutamol is made locally, both tabs and inhaler.
I am not sure how Clenil Mudulite differs from regular Clenil, which is beclometasone. There are several local brands of beclometasone inhaler available. Better check with your doctor first before assuming they are interchangable with Clenil Modulite.
If by "Prosac" you mean "Prozac", can get generic equivalent here as well. Ditto if you meant "Prilosec".
These medications are all sold over the counter without prescription in Thailand. However, prescription is required if bringing them back to a country where they are prescription only drugs i.e. the fact that it was OTC where you bought it doesn't matter if you bring it into as country where prescription is required, to do have prescription with you to show. Splorff, you may also run afoul of customs and other regulations bringing back a large quantity, better research that first with the appropriate government agency in the UK.
I do not know of any pharmacy in Thailand that ships abroad. I imagine there would be issues around whether or not Thai-made pharmaceutical products were licensed for sale abroad which is unlikely to be the case.
Posted 2010-07-06 17:00:10
Try Amlopine by Berlin Pharmaceutical.
It is widely used and inexpensive.
Google Berlin Pharma for your information.
Posted 2010-07-06 22:28:23
Thanks for the input. Clenil Modulite may be Beclometasone dipropionate, both are written on the package. If you are an asthmatic who has been prescribed Ventolin [salbutamol], then you probably know Clenil modulate as the “brown one”.
I can easily have a prescription for these items from my UK doctor.
Five items here are very nearly £30, and that is one months supply! That is £360 per year !
I used to be able to get a three month supply for that price, but now they are becoming reluctant.
Yes, I am wondering about the UK customs people. The government of course would much prefer that I pay the extortionate UK prices.
I have found two big pharmacies in BKK,on the Sukumvit road, if anyone else is interested.
Google for “south east pharmacy Bangkok”, and “ks pharmacy”, and “pharmacy22” – all on or near Sukumvit road.
Posted 2010-07-06 22:55:12
Check experation date donot over buy
Posted 2010-07-09 02:06:50
That good advice
Posted 2011-02-08 19:37:38
I have never taken high blood pressure medication before.
I have consistently high BP. 150/100 *everytime* I have it checked (although I only check it twice per year. I am over weight.)
Should I just by a common brand OTC and take the average daily dose?
Or, should I consult a doctor first?
Posted 2011-02-09 09:51:33
150/100 is not good I suggest you go and see a doctor as soon as possible, like right away!!!
Posted 2011-02-09 15:27:15
Self medicating for undiagnosed high BP is very risky.
Please have it checked out to exclude any underlying problems (kidney function test, cardiac assessment etc) and then start on medication that will be best suited to your specific needs.