After leaving Ukraine, many people cannot buy the medicines they are used to abroad. What to do – gastroenterologist Yevhenia Belinska shared her advice
You can find and buy medicines abroad and replace your medicine with an analogue by calling it the main active ingredient. / Photo: istockphoto.com, freepik.com
Many Ukrainians went abroad to escape the war with Russia. And here’s the problem: you used to know exactly what medicine you needed, and in European countries you can’t always find a medicine with the same name. What to do in these cases how to replace medicines in Europe, how to find antibiotics abroad – said gastroenterologist Ksenia Belinska.
Eugenia Belinska / Photo: press service
How to buy medicines abroad without a prescription
Most people may need non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers ibuprofen or paracetamol. Paracetamol is known in many countries as acetaminophen, also known as Ben-U-Ron, Panadol, Perfalgan, Calpol, Gelocatil. Ibuprofen and its analogues: Brufen, Nurofen, Advil, Algofen.
Ibuprofen and paracetamol can be used to reduce inflammation, pain, such as headache or neuralgia.
An important point: these drugs can be used not only to reduce the temperature, but also to reduce inflammation, with pain syndromessuch as headache or neuralgia. But specific medications, such as antibiotics, can only be purchased with a prescription.
I will say right away that you will not buy antibiotics in the EU without a prescription (probability – 99%), – says Eugenia Belinskaya, – That is, if your condition requires taking antibacterial drugs, consult a doctor. For other medicines, it depends on where you are.
It is also important to know the basic analogues of the drugs you may need and of which you can substitute the medications you are used to in Ukraine.
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Medications used in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) to reduce acidity etc. (Proton Bomb Inhibitors) – Omez, Rabimak, Barol, Pariet, Pangastro, Zolopent, Nolpaza, Kontrolok, Nexium, Ezolong.
Theirs foreign analogues :
- Nexium (Esomeprazole) – eyelash – 20 mg, 40 mg
- Losec, Antramups (Omeprazole) – tab – 20 mg, 40 mg
- Pariet (Rabeprazole) – eyelash – 10 mg, 20 mg
- Controloc, Controloc Control, Appryo, Acidwell, Alapanzol, (Pantoprazole) – tab 20 mg, 40 mg.
Drugs that increases the motility of the gastrointestinal tract that is, prokinetics: Itomed, Ganaton, Mosid, Motilium, Domrid, Motorix.
Theirs foreign analogues :
- Prokit, Zofran, Ganaton (Itoprid) Domperidone – 1 A Pharma.
- Oroperidys, Motilium (Domperidona)
Remedies for allergies (antihistamines) abroad look for two main active ingredients: desloratadine and fexofenadine. / Photo: dr_belinskaya
Enzymatic preparations : Creont, Ermita, Pangrol, Mezim, Panzinorm.
Its analogues – Creon (pancreatin), Kreon 10000 in Poland can be bought without a prescription
Antispasmodics : Duspatalin, Meverin.
- Duspatalin Retard,
- mebeverina dura,
- Duspatal (furniture).
Hepatoprotectors (Preparations of ursodeoxycholic acid): Ursofalk, Ursolizin, Ursaza, Ursosan, Ursohol, Ukrl, Ursolov, Holudexan, Ursonost.
Its analogues :
- entered A,
- Ursofalk (ursodeoxycholic acid).
Absorbents: Sorbex, Atoksil, Smekta, Enterosgel, white coal.
His foreign counterparts :
- Diosmectita Mylan,
- Smectalia, Colina, Smecta (bentonite).
Mesalazine, intestinal anti-inflammatory agent o Salofalk, Pentaso, Mesacol, Osokol
Analogous : Claversal, Mezavant, Asacol, Salofalk (mesalazine)
Antidiarrheals : Immodium, Loperamide.
Analogous : Imodium, Immodium, Diarfin (loperamide)
Enterol and its analogues, antidiarrheal and antimicrobial agent – is a dietary supplement, not a drug / Photo: dr_belinskaya
Preparations antiemetics: Tserukal, Metoclopramide.
Foreign analogues :
- S digestive,
- Metoclopramidum Polpharma,
- Metoclopramide Agreement,
- Paspertin (Metoclopramide).
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