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The Making of an $11 Indian Himalayan Cycling Expedition Medical Kit
Topic: Recreation 10:46 am EDT, Jun  6, 2005

10 x 500mg Vitamin C (to improve taste of iodinated water)
20 x 5mg Valium (to rest on the train/bus to Dharmasala)
10 x 400mg Flagyl (Metronidazole, instestinal amoebic/bacterial infections)
10 x 500mg C-flox (Cipro, ciprofloxacin, intestinal bacterial infections)
20 x 2mg Loperamide (Immodium, for diahrea)
10 x 25mg Promethazine (Phenergan tablets, industrial strength anti-naseau, potentiates opiates)
10 x 0.5mg Dexamethasone (for severe Acute Mountain Sickness/edema)
10 x 10mg Cetrizine (Zyrtec antihistamine)

15g tube Miconazole Nitrate Ointment (Anti-fungal)
20g tube Soframycin ointment (Framycetin, antibiotic)

3 x Packs Oral Rehydration Salts (Why am I so thirsty? Oh...)

5 x Bandaids
1 compression bandage
1 roll medical tape
1 pack cotton bandages

Goan Price: 485 rupees, or about $11 US. Medical supplies in the US are too expensive. I heard the VA gets supplies from India, and its no wonder.

Things I must get in Delhi:

1) Diamox (Preventative treatment for Acute Mountain Sickness)
2) Codiene/Hydrocodone/Oxycodone ("Dude, you broke your leg! Now ride out of this valley to help.")
3) Iodine Tabelts (Water purification)
4) Ibuprofen (Muscle/joint injury/aches)
5) Sterile Alcohol (Prep for item 6)
6) "Sewing kit" (Stitch kit: pop a painkiller, then STOP THE BLEEDING!)

Things I already had:

10 x 500mg Chloroquine (Malaria prophylaxis/treatment)
20 x 500mg Paracetamol (Tylenol, Acetaminophin, fever/pain)

All told it will be less than $13. Even though I knew it would be cheap, I am amazed. Just thought I'd share.

The Making of an $11 Indian Himalayan Cycling Expedition Medical Kit

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