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Is a doctors note needed to take meds. abroad?

Is a doctors note needed to take meds. abroad?

Old Aug 29th, 2001, 01:37 AM
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Is a doctors note needed to take meds. abroad?

I got some medication from my doctor to take with me on my trip to Europe. I've been reading some guide books which say that some people at customs might take away your meds. if you don't have a doctor's note... anyone experience this??
Old Aug 29th, 2001, 02:35 AM
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It's a good idea to get a doctors note to take with you if you can, but also depends on the medication. I have a note that I take with me whenever I travel anywhere due to the weird kind of medication I take but no-one has ever asked to see it just asked me what the drugs are for. Some countries will not allow certain medication ie Codine into Greece. I'm not sure if you can get around these sorts of regulations even by having a doctors note but it can't hurt having one anyhow.
Old Aug 29th, 2001, 03:09 AM
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I had a friend visit from the USA last May. She suffers from a rare condition that requires she takes 15+ medications/day. She was carrying 1 month supply, wasn't asked once about it even though we travelled through France, Switzerland, Great-Britain.

It is a good idea to carry a doctor's note in case you a) take narcotic or opio´d-like medications, b) need a refill. It is very unlikely you'll be asked anything in France, Switzerland, or Germany, if you carry opioids in their original package and in a quantity corresponding to a normal treatment.

In some countries, mostly non-european, you need a doctor's script if you carry syringes and/or needles (i.e. insulin for diabetes) in order to avoid being harassed.

Old Aug 29th, 2001, 04:55 AM
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I carry a letter from my doctor stating that I am being treated for cancer. It also states my name, age, doctor and hospital's name. I carry several medications with me, but my main concern is if anything would happen to me where I could not speak for myself, hopefully the hospital would find the note and not freak out over my blood test results. If you have any medical condition from asthma or diabetes to cancer I would recommend carrying a letter in case of emergency. It also can help if you do encounter a problem with customs.
Old Aug 29th, 2001, 08:44 AM
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My husband takes a bucket of meds and it has never been questioned in any country.

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