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Old 07-03-2010, 08:12 PM
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OK guys here goes. I'm off to Peru once again, every time I go I get a case of the Crapo Rapidos or if you press one for English "The Shits".

Went to my MD the other day asking him to prescribe me something that would kill a stomach virus in case it happens again. (He has treated me after the fact twice in the past) He refused to give me a script for something that he does not know I will get.

I understand his position, but I do know that some MD's will give scripts for people going on long sea tours with extended times away from port.

Any suggestions? I asked for Cypro, any idea what else I could use or how to go about getting it other then going to another MD.

I don't want Imodium cause that just puts a cork in you and hurts more then it helps in the long run. The idea is to kill whatever it is that got in you.

I am careful, only drink bottled water, no veggies, salad etc. I've been around the world and this is the only place I get hit.

Were renting a home this time so will cook most meals.

Getting some meds and the right meds is important to me, ideas???

PS I will not break any laws to get them.
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Old 07-03-2010, 08:16 PM
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Old 07-03-2010, 08:39 PM
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When I saw the thread, I thought it had something to do with some exotic Carribean island chain?

Can't your doc recommended a NON-prescrip - I would think he must know of SOMETHING that will work?

If he doesn't, talk to your local pharmacist - THEY should be able to come up with something (NON-prescrip).

I guess I can understand his stance on not giving you a prescrip for something you DON'T have.

Have fun - buy some "DEPENDS" and "don't drink the water"!

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Old 07-03-2010, 08:50 PM
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Change destinations.

I've been to a few third world countries and I had to down the drinks fast before the ice cubes melted.
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Use it as a chance to drop a few pounds.
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My father in law (a physician) put us on a strict pepto bismol regiment on our way down to Mexico when we raced a regatta there in May. 4 chewables/day. It seemed to help, but like you say, avaoiding exposure to the water is key.

I only drink bottled drinks (beer or cola or water) when I'm somewhere "down there". No ice whatsoever. The closest I get to drinking water is showering. I even brush my teeth with "purified" water from a bottle.

My wife (a physician) sent me down there with a course of clendomycin "just in case" of the montezumas revenge, or a wound, etc. I didn't need it luckily. One thing to note is that antibiotics, including cypro, are usually sold over the counter outside the US. I can't speak for Peru, but it was like that in Mexico, Bolivia, and Costa Rica. Also, they do have medical doctors outside the US that are pefectly capable of treating Americans. So if you get really sick, GO TO THE HOSPITAL!
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Use it as a chance to drop a few pounds.
"Peruvian Stool Diet"???

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Old 07-04-2010, 06:39 AM
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Go to the Vitamin Shop and get a bottle of Thropp's Elite-Pro digestive enzymes, and take 2 of them at least 3 times a day. Also consider taking systemic enzymes as a daily regimen, not just for the trip.

If you do this, come back to this thread after your trip, and let us know how you did.
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Go to the Vitamin Shop and get a bottle of Thropp's Elite-Pro digestive enzymes, and take 2 of them at least 3 times a day. Also consider taking systemic enzymes as a daily regimen, not just for the trip.

If you do this, come back to this thread after your trip, and let us know how you did.

Thanks for the advice but to me this would be an experiment. I'm very careful when I go to Peru, my wife's family is from there and I have to take this trip. Funny thing even her mom who spent the first 40 years of her life in Peru gets the runs when she goes back.

I'll be seeking the aid of the local MD or Pharmacy the second I step off the plane. I can't go throuogh the same thing again.

For your information and possible ammusment I'll report back after the trip sometime in early Aug.
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:27 AM
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It's sad that you can't get a preventitive script for the runs.
Down here in FLA you can get a script for enough pain killers to make you not even care if you crap your pants. Again ,,,,,,,, sad
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Being in Mexico every couple of weeks, I've been generally lucky avoiding the "Mexican Quickstep." But, boy-oh-boy did I get nailed with a BAD case last fall. Didn't hit me until we were out fishing the next day. Lucky me, 50 miles out, my intestines twisting and my butt blowing off like the Old Faithful geyser!

I know you said "not Immodium", but that's exactly the first thing I go for. Kind of like achieving containment on the Deepwater Horizon oil well - that's the 1st priority. The Immodium also settled the churning intestines. I followed that up by swilling down a liter or two of Pediolyte. Next day, only minor gastric distress, still went fishing. Don't discount the Immodium - it can be a lifesaver. Especially the kind you buy in Mexico (and probably Peru), Small pill in a foil blister pack. The stuff works.

I used to think I had a cast iron stomach and, to some extent, had developed immunity to most of the bugs you can catch because I go so often. But every now and then, one is going to get you no matter what. It's a difficult call on what med to take because you don't really know if the cause is bacterial, parasite, or salmonella-type poisioning. There isn't one drug that's going to address all of those.
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Plenty of tequila and some really hot stuffed poblanos the night before fishing. You'll be good to go.
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