Friday, August 20, 2010

Treating diarrhea in Vietnam

I got the quite common of having diarrhea, it did not occour to me many times in Vietnam, but this time my stay in Bac Lieu wasn't as pleasant as before.
So it happened to me that I had to stay close to the restroom. The problem is, how to get medicine? Luckily some participants of the training offered their help and went to the pharmacy. I asked my coworkers to buy some anti-dehydration powder. What the pharmacy gave them was:
Calcium tablets
Antibiotics, used for treating a specific amoebia
Tablets for treating blatter infection

and finally: Hydrite, the stuff I needed.

Shows, that trusting a pharmacist might be risky in Vietnam. and the best way to treat diarrhea is still:
Stop eating
Drink water
Use electrolytes like Hydrite

if its a common infection it should be over in 2-3 days. If not see a doctor.


Tim said...

I always use Smecta followed by Hydrite tablets. Before I came to live in Vietnam, my doctor told me that if you get diarrhoea & can't get hold of medication, Coca Cola will help.

Duy Do said...

Agree with your post. I'm Vietnamese but I do not trust almost of pharmacists in VN. A sad fact but it's true.

Qua said...

In vietnam, just bought some activated charcoal in tablet form, if you got diarrhea from food poisoning. Reduce the symptom fast and reduce the effect of food poisoning too.