Other than getting ready medicine, masks and sanitizers towards COVID-19, individuals with continual sicknesses can have their prescriptions stuffed earlier than touring overseas
By Lin Hui-chin / Employees reporter
With individuals hitting the street through the 10-day Lunar New Yr vacation, a healthcare skilled suggested getting ready six forms of safety as a safeguard towards COVID-19 and different forms of ailments.
First is getting ready medicine to deal with COVID-19, flu and chilly signs, together with fever, ache, runny nostril, cough and sputum, Federation of Taiwan Pharmacists Associations spokesman Huang Yen-ju (黃彥儒) mentioned, including that oldsters can put together liquid options for kids who have no idea learn how to take drugs.
Many individuals have already been vaccinated towards COVID-19, so even when they contract the virus, they’re prone to be sick for about 5 days solely, he mentioned.
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Acetaminophen (Panadol, Tylenol and different manufacturers) is often used to deal with fever and ache, he mentioned.
The everyday dosage is one 500mg pill at a time for as much as 4 instances a day, he mentioned, warning that overdosing may trigger acute liver harm, so individuals with liver illness must be particularly cautious about how a lot they take.
Ibuprofen is a sort of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that can also be extensively used to alleviate ache and irritation, however it could actually trigger abdomen irritation or ulcers, and a few individuals might need an allergic response to it, he mentioned.
Many individuals suppose that if taking a capsule doesn’t work, they need to take two or three extra, however that might result in an overdose, Huang mentioned.
If taking one ache reliever will not be sufficient, they need to take into account taking one other sort of ache reliever with totally different elements or metabolic pathway and ask a pharmacist on learn how to take such medicine, he mentioned.
Antihistamines are sometimes used to alleviate a runny nostril, sneezing, or pores and skin allergic reactions, particularly within the winter, when many signs of allergic reactions worsen, he mentioned.
First-generation antihistamines work by affecting the histamine receptors within the mind and spinal wire, and might trigger sleepiness, whereas second-generation antihistamines, which don’t cross the blood-brain barrier and therefore don’t trigger drowsiness, which might be higher for individuals who must drive or focus, he mentioned.
Second is masks and alcohol-based hand sanitizers, Huang mentioned.
Whereas surgical masks are good, individuals taking long-haul flights may think about using N95 respirators, particularly if passengers close by present signs of respiratory issues he mentioned.
Third is having at-home COVID-19 speedy check kits, a pulse oximeter and a thermometer, he mentioned, advising individuals to take a speedy check after they develop signs to guard their journey companions, and to have a pulse oximeter at hand if their journey companion has underlying well being circumstances.
The fourth is crucial medication for vacationers, corresponding to medicine for allergic reactions or movement illness, he mentioned, including that people who find themselves touring to nations with decrease hygiene requirements ought to put together medicine to deal with diarrhea or topical ointments for out of doors accidents.
The fifth is medicines for continual well being circumstances, Huang mentioned.
Individuals who must refill their prescriptions for continual sicknesses can accomplish that from Jan. 10, whereas these touring overseas for greater than a month can refill their prescription for as much as three months by presenting their airplane ticket and an affidavit, he mentioned.
Lastly, individuals ought to have their medical information available, he mentioned.
They will obtain the Nationwide Well being Insurance coverage Administration’s cellular app (全民健保行動快易通), in addition to preserve their over-the-counter or prescription drug packets which comprise details about the medication they’re taking and present them to healthcare suppliers after they search medical consideration overseas to keep away from opposed drug reactions, he mentioned.
In different information, the Central Epidemic Command Heart yesterday reported 20,773 new native COVID-19 circumstances, 305 imported circumstances and 33 deaths from the illness.
The full variety of circumstances rose 3.1 % from the identical day every week earlier, it mentioned.
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