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Old Feb 18, 19, 10:43 pm
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Where to get legitmate, safe medication in Bangkok?

I have a valid, current prescription for Ambien (Zolpidem) in the US. I have an upcoming trip to Thailand, and will run out of my regular fill partway through.

Although I have had the scrip for years, I'm relatively new to my primary care doctor, and she's hesitant, even with evidence of the trip, to offer a fill in advance.

Have I got any options in Bangkok, perhaps something like an "urgent care clinic" or even a hospital with walkin service? I know there's some availability of certain drugs on the street, but I'd really like to avoid that route.

FWIW, I'll also be stopping in HKG on the way - that airport appears to have a small medical clinic. Might it be useful?

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Old Feb 19, 19, 8:25 am
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Sleeping aid is difficult to get in Thailand without prescription but try Chula Bhesaj Pharmacy on Rama IV (near Silom Rd). Google for address/details. Worth a shot IMO.
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Old Feb 19, 19, 4:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Presguy View Post
I have a valid, current prescription for Ambien (Zolpidem) in the US. I have an upcoming trip to Thailand, and will run out of my regular fill partway through.

Although I have had the scrip for years, I'm relatively new to my primary care doctor, and she's hesitant, even with evidence of the trip, to offer a fill in advance.

Have I got any options in Bangkok, perhaps something like an "urgent care clinic" or even a hospital with walkin service? I know there's some availability of certain drugs on the street, but I'd really like to avoid that route.

FWIW, I'll also be stopping in HKG on the way - that airport appears to have a small medical clinic. Might it be useful?

Thanks.
You have evidence of a trip and your doc won't fill the prescription? And if you can't find a clinic in BKK you might get it off the street? Don't go down this route. Even if the drugs you are picking up off the street are legal, if you get caught you could be all sorts of bother. And you don't know what the quality is.

Anyway, if you want this, just go to any hospital, see a GP there and they should be able to prescribe the pills to you. Bring you old scrips so that they can see it and they should prescribe you a refill with no issues. I can recommend Bumrungrad hospital, which does have a walk in. It's international and all the front line staff speak English so you can easily explain your issues. It is not the cheapest for sure given it's international focus, but it's still relatively cheap by international standards. If you really want to go on the cheap, as your hotel concierge to recommend a local GP and they should be able to help.
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Old Feb 19, 19, 5:39 pm
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You have evidence of a trip and your doc won't fill the prescription? And if you can't find a clinic in BKK you might get it off the street? Don't go down this route. Even if the drugs you are picking up off the street are legal, if you get caught you could be all sorts of bother. And you don't know what the quality is.

Anyway, if you want this, just go to any hospital, see a GP there and they should be able to prescribe the pills to you. Bring you old scrips so that they can see it and they should prescribe you a refill with no issues. I can recommend Bumrungrad hospital, which does have a walk in. It's international and all the front line staff speak English so you can easily explain your issues. It is not the cheapest for sure given it's international focus, but it's still relatively cheap by international standards. If you really want to go on the cheap, as your hotel concierge to recommend a local GP and they should be able to help.

Thanks for the two recommendations. When I said "I'd really like to avoid getting it off the street" - that was my polite was of saying buying on the street is not something I would consider.

I was frustrated/surprised by my primary docs refusal to issue another scrip early. I recently switched doctors (due to a move), and, as it is, she was reluctant to fill the scrip for ambien even after two visit. I have absolutely 0 history with any other controlled medication, so I can't explain her reasoning, but rocking the boat didn't seem like it would get me anywhere.
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Old Feb 22, 19, 4:21 am
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Zolpidem is classified as a Psychotropic Substance and as such will not be filled by a General Practitioner but by a specialist.




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Old Feb 22, 19, 11:30 pm
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Believe it is called Stillnox here, and it is in the most severely restricted category: category P2 - Psychotropic Substance Schedule 2 , hence only hospitals can purchase directly from FDA - Ministry of Public Health, and not available in street-side pharmacies.

I doubt any doctor here will script this for you, maybe some Doc may give you a few tabs to tide you over? Maybe stock up on some melatonin?

You can get more detail on Thaivisa, simply use

drugname site:thaivisa.com

try stillnox, zolpidem, ambien

example: zolpidem site:thaivisa.com
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Old Feb 23, 19, 8:51 pm
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Things used to be pretty loose in Thailand in being able to walk into a pharmacy like Siam Drug and buy Valium or Ativan for maybe B5 a pill and in the foils (am thinking 1990s and early aughts here). They clamped down but a few street vendors on Sukhumvit got the same product (plus Klonopin & Xiemed) and would sell at a big markup with most things in the foils. Never on open display, though. I think that got cracked down on as well and the little signs disappeared and now it's the ED meds and various things that are supposed to work in that area. A friend liked something with a name like black ant until he did a Google search and there were all kinds of horror stories about it.
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Just to say to OP that it's highly unlikely a decent doctor will fill a prescription for this as a "walk-in"...it's not a medical emergency (although I fully acknowledge that lack of sleep is absolutely, absolutely awful, and withdrawal from zolpidem is not pleasant at all).

How long is your trip? If you are going to run out with e.g. 7 days to go, you could just ask your primary care physician for 7 days' extra prescription. The main concern is that it is quite common for these tablets to be sold-on illegally. If that still doesn't work, you could book an appointment with another physician in the same practice and explain your plight.

If that _still_ doesn't work: I would suggest that you start taking a slightly smaller dose as of now of your zolpidem. Most patients (making certain assumptions here, but really the vast majority) will be absolutely fine with a smaller dose as long as there is no abrupt withdrawal.

Good luck!

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Old Mar 4, 19, 2:13 pm
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Just to say to OP that it's highly unlikely a decent doctor will fill a prescription for this as a "walk-in"...it's not a medical emergency (although I fully acknowledge that lack of sleep is absolutely, absolutely awful, and withdrawal from zolpidem is not pleasant at all).

How long is your trip? If you are going to run out with e.g. 7 days to go, you could just ask your primary care physician for 7 days' extra prescription. The main concern is that it is quite common for these tablets to be sold-on illegally. If that still doesn't work, you could book an appointment with another physician in the same practice and explain your plight.

If that _still_ doesn't work: I would suggest that you start taking a slightly smaller dose as of now of your zolpidem. Most patients (making certain assumptions here, but really the vast majority) will be absolutely fine with a smaller dose as long as there is no abrupt withdrawal.

Good luck!

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Thanks much. My pharmacy was kind enough to advocate to the doc on my behalf, and after sending over a copy of my confirmation email, the doctor agreed to give me the regular fill a few days early, just before I left. While I didn't have an extensive phone conversation with the doc, my impression is that she was worried about "doctor shopping". Though I've used Ambien for ~10 years, I've had it prescribed by several physicians. First the military, then a private practice doctor in one city, then the Veterans Administration, then a private doctor in another city (due to a move). While the circumstances make sense in context, I can see why they seemed suspicious.

I don't doubt for a moment it happens, it just seems so strange that Ambien would be resold on the street. I've taken, I suppose, thousands of doses in my life so far, and never noticed anything "recreational" about it. Granted, I also don't have any of those doing-entertaining-things-on-Ambien stories, either.
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Thanks much. My pharmacy was kind enough to advocate to the doc on my behalf, and after sending over a copy of my confirmation email, the doctor agreed to give me the regular fill a few days early, just before I left. While I didn't have an extensive phone conversation with the doc, my impression is that she was worried about "doctor shopping". Though I've used Ambien for ~10 years, I've had it prescribed by several physicians. First the military, then a private practice doctor in one city, then the Veterans Administration, then a private doctor in another city (due to a move). While the circumstances make sense in context, I can see why they seemed suspicious.

I don't doubt for a moment it happens, it just seems so strange that Ambien would be resold on the street. I've taken, I suppose, thousands of doses in my life so far, and never noticed anything "recreational" about it. Granted, I also don't have any of those doing-entertaining-things-on-Ambien stories, either.
Glad it's sorted!

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