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Think Twice Before Packing Common Medicines For An International Trip

By Mina Elwell


Not all countries have the same regulations on medications, and medications that you were given legally by a doctor in one country might land you in serious trouble in another.
Many prescription medications, like Adderall, Ambien, and birth control, are illegal in other places. Even over-the-counter meds like Benadryl or Sudafed could get you in trouble.
Banned medications may be taken from you at the airport — or worse. In October of 2017, a British traveler was arrested in Egypt for bringing a painkiller legal in the U.K.
Before you leave on an international trip, always research the regulations at your destination in advance and find out if you need any special documentation for your medications.
Having more than your prescribed dosage for the time that you're staying can also cause serious issues. Do not ship banned medications to the destination, either.
To avoid trouble, always bring your meds in their original packaging, bring copies of your prescriptions, and even have your doctor write a note listing the medications you need.