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Two medical questions

I just arrived in Amsterdam after a river cruise and five days in Rome. Question 1 is by far the more serious....

1. I've completely run out of a prescription-only medication that I need to prevent horrible diarrhea. (I have Crohn's disease.) Must I go to a hospital emergency room, or are there places similar to "minute clinics" or "urgent care centers" in the US?

2. I also have asthma. I've never tried Marijuana before but would like to do so while I'm here. However, I need to find a coffeeshop that has inhalers or vaporizers available. Do most shops have these by now, or will it be a bit of a search? Can anyone make recommendations? I'm near the museum district.

Thanks for any help you can provide!

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1. Re: Two medical questions

Unfortunately we have no "minute clinics" or "urgent care centers" like in many places. I would first ask your hotel. Perhaps they have an arrangement with a GP's office for guests who have medical emergencies. Otherwise you could try walking into a GP clinic in the vicinity of your hotel or the nearest ER.

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2. Re: Two medical questions

I can not help you directly with your first question but will tell you a Dutch pharmacy (apotheek) has a lot more available than their American counterparts. Seek one out and consult the pharmacist. Be advised that in general Europeans are a lot more familiar with the problem because they travel a lot more to other countries than we do.

This is an interactive map for coffeeshops. Just click on the name and it will give you addresses and information to include reviews. Scroll down towards the bottom for more recent reviews. While the Museumplein is not necessarily close (it does not show on the map) it is not a very long walk.

http://www.coffeeshop.freeuk.com/Map.html

Here are some of the better known shops that advertise vapos:

http://www.paradoxcoffeeshop.com/

http://www.greyarea.nl/home.html

http://dampkring-coffeeshop-amsterdam.nl/

http://amsterdam.abraxas.tv/

While I am an old time stoner from way back, I have never personally tried a vaporizer. I am warned to go easy the first time because it is easy to overdo it. Remember that above all else the budtender is your friend. Tell them exactly what you want, that you have never smoked before (don't be shy), and why you want to try a vapo.

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3. Re: Two medical questions

Good advice, first check with the front desk. ( ask them to inform you about costs !)

You can also call Expat medical center, they work together with hotels as well, and their service is covered by most insurance companies.

www.expatmc.net

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4. Re: Two medical questions

Is it urgent as in today (Sunday night), or is tomorrow still fine?

If you need the medicines today, you can visit a huisartsenpost. They are basically family doctor offices that are open at night and weekends. See www.huisartsenpostenamsterdam.nl/locaties/. You must call them first on 088 00 30 600 to make an appointment. Hospital emergency rooms are reserved for more serious matters. In fact, even the huisartsenpost might not be happy to help you with this outside office hours (but it's worth a try).

If you can wait until tomorrow, just visit any huisarts ('family doctor'). Some work on appointment only, others have an 'inloopspreekuur' (walk-in office hours).

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5. Re: Two medical questions

There are many shops that have vapes to use for guests.

DeKuil aka 420 Cafe will fill up a quite large bag for you. Do be careful :-)) and if you have never vaped before I am not kidding. The draw is "extremely" smooth. Like taking in air many times.

The first time I used one I ended up walking in circles. I swore I was taking nothing in. I was.

There are many other places that have some sort of vaping available for guests. You should get a few other suggestions before long.

Edited: 07 July 2014, 00:30
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http://www.coffeeshop.freeuk.com/Dolphin.html

The Dolphin also had some for use. It was a different vape than I have ever seen-----but it seemed to work pretty well.

Check out that directory in the link above. Especially the map with reviews attached.

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