Must Rx be in original bottle?

Old Jul 11th, 2002, 12:10 AM
Alice Twain
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Bringing the prescription is important not because you may have problems at the customs but because you may need to buy more medicines while you are travelling and since the names of the medicines change in each country, being able to check the main drug of your medicines through a detailed prescription might help a lot foreign doctors and pharmacies.
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 12:44 AM
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Rule of thumb: When you go abroad, take the medicines you'll need, no more, no less.

Narcotics and certain other drugs with a high potential for abuse - Rohypnol, GHB, and Fen-Phen, to name a few - may not be brought into the United States, and there are severe penalties for trying to bring them in. If you need medicines that contain potentially addictive drugs or narcotics (e.g., some cough medicines, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, antidepressants, or stimulants), do the following:

Declare all drugs, medicinals, and similar products to the appropriate Customs official.
Carry all drugs, medicinals, and similar products in their original containers.
Carry only the quantity of such substances that a person with that condition(e.g., chronic pain) would normally carry for his/her use.
Carry a prescription or written statement from your physician that the substances are being used under a doctor's supervision and that they are necessary for your physical well-being while traveling.
U.S. residents entering the United States at international land borders, who are carrying a validly obtained controlled substance (except narcotics such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or LSD), are subject to certain additional requirements. If a U.S. resident wants to bring in a controlled substance other than narcotics such as marijuana, cocaine, heroine, or LSD, but does not have a prescription for the substance issued by a U.S.-licensed practitioner (e.g., physician, dentist, etc.) registered with and authorized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to prescribe the mediation, the individual may not import more than 50 dosage units of the medication. if the U.S. Resident has a prescription for the controlled substance issued by a DEA registrant, more than 50 dosage units may be imported by that person, provided all other legal requirements are met.

Please note that only medications that can be legally prescribed in the United States may be imported for personal use. Be aware that possession of certain substances may also violate state laws.

Warning: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibits the importation, by mail or in person, of fraudulent prescription and nonprescription drugs and medical devices. These include unorthodox "cures" for such medical conditions as cancer, AIDS, arthritis, or multiple sclerosis. Although such drugs or devices may be legal elsewhere, if the FDA has not approved them for use in the United States, they may not legally enter the country and will be confiscated if found, even if they were obtained under a foreign physician's prescription.

Old Jul 11th, 2002, 02:01 PM
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I could not agree with US Customs less than with the statement to only take exactly what you need. On one trip to Venezia, our plane hoome was delayed until the next day. This was in my carefree pre-heart attack days and all we had to do was to decide what restaurant to eat at again. I would have hated to think the anxiety or problems that would have cropped up if I had to replace a single dose of the 15 or so medicines I have to carry today.

One trip to Italy, my flight to Italy had been delayed and I flew there three days late. If it had been thre reverse and I had to spend 3 days more in Italy, again I would have been in trouble.

As long as you bring a reasonable amount over the number of days you are staying (ie an extra 3 days for a week long trip or an extra week's worth for a longer one), you will be fine.
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 02:22 PM
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I have to take a fair amount of medications. I always take twice the amount I need (in the original bottles), in the event that my purse would be taken, or luggage delayed or lost. I also have the generic name of my meds and a doctors prescription. If I had to be hospitalized the names of these drugs would be important.
If I were a diabetic, or used heart medicine, I would consider the use of a medical id necklace.
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 05:06 PM
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Who put REX in a bottle!!??????
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 06:23 PM
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Ask your pharmacist for a small, labeled bottle to carry your Rx on your trip. Most pharmacies are *very* familiar with this practice, as they do this for medications that must be dispensed at school, daycare, etc...

If you mail-order your drugs and get the mega-bottles, you may want to ask your dr. to write an Rx for a small number of doses (say, 5-10) and fill those at a local pharmacy. "Refill" those bottles from the mega-bottles.

In any event, I would not travel with medication that is not in a pharmacy bottle!
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