Oh Oh, Travelers Diarrhea

Even though the water in Buenos Aires is safe to drink, upset stomach or travelers diarrhea can still strike. Last December I discovered, much to my dismay, that two common, effective, brand-name products that help relieve the symptoms of upset stomach are not available in Argentina. These products are Pepto Bismol and Immodium. Fortunately, similar generic products are sold at some pharmacies.

The Pepto Bismol substitute I used is called crema de bismuto. I really don’t know how it compares to the name-brand product, but it looks and tastes similar. The pharmacist assured me it was essentially the same thing.

Whatever the case, if you are susceptible to stomach upset when you travel and rely on products like Pepto Bismol or Immodium, I suggest bringing them with you.

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