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PostSubject: Medicinal Limit?   Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:31 pm


Is there a Limit to how much Medication (not alcohol) you can take abroad on your Travels?

Say I wanted to drive to the north pole and it would take 3 months. I needed to take 10x Inhalers for asthma and 20x tablets. I get them off the NHS as prescription, would customs or other parties have a problem with this?

If they did what would be the best way to get them? But from other countries when Im there? Get them posted over?

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PostSubject: Re: Medicinal Limit?   Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:55 pm

We have to take a few tablets, most days away, 18 days just told are Doctor and he gave us enough to take with us, did run out in Spain, just went to chemistis and bought them.

We never told custom's, just lucky never got asked for them, but maybe need to get letter from doctor, have to look into it our selfs ready for trip next year, becaues of the Snow Leopard trip. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Medicinal Limit?   Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:48 am

There are a host of medications that can be purchased abroad that would never be allowed to be sold over the counter here in the UK - and for a hellava lot less cost. Best start searching the net, use the knowledge gained by travellers that have gone before.

Simply type in How much medication can I take abroad into Google UK and see what pops up (no pun intended Yoda, unless the tablets you refer to happen to be blue in colour!!! Very Happy )

Letter from your doctor has to be a good move, especially when entering non-EU countries such as Eastern Europe.

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PostSubject: Re: Medicinal Limit?   Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:55 am

If they are prescription, no limit, but they must have their labels on the bottles clearly stating what they are, who they're prescribed for, the name of the dispensing chemist, and the person prescribed the tablets must be travelling with them. Then there should be no issues.

Problems arise when you take what is deemed excessive, if you travel for 3 months and take 4 months supply this is a reasonable contingency to cover any emergencies such as a vehicle breakdown or possible accident resulting in a hospital stay, but take one years worth and this would be deemed excessive. Under such circumstances you would be investigated and if you can't provide a reasonable explanation for so many drugs you would most likely be classed as a smuggler, or if the drugs can be adapted or modified, a drugs dealer.

Friend at Customs suggests the following, keep all medication together, including prescription and non prescription, ensure all the labels are clearly visible with all the relevant information, and possibly in one clear plastic box so they cannot be deemed to be hidden. Take a list printed out on a seperate sheet of ALL medication, the quantity, types where applicable, and sizes of tablets; but keep this seperate from the drugs so you can refer to it if they are lost or stolen.
Keep all tablets, particularly prescription in the box or packaging they come in, and keep them in your hand luggage rather than a suitcase, if you are delayed you have easy access to them, and you are not hiding them.

Smuggling of non prescription drugs and tablets apparently, is big business, and many countries have excesively high prices for over the counter tablets we can buy cheaply, one example is Scandanavian countries where aspirin is massively expensive and many regular travellers take cases full of them, this is illegal and can land you in jail.
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PostSubject: Re: Medicinal Limit?   Mon Mar 12, 2012 5:57 am

Tom Mc wrote:

(no pun intended Yoda, unless the tablets you refer to happen to be blue in colour!!!

Tom funny you should metion blue, do have some blue one's they are warfrin, rat poisen.
don't upset me, be affraid be very affraid

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PostSubject: Re: Medicinal Limit?   Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:02 am

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We do a lot of what you say, but good advice on some other issues, we will be taking.

Thanks yoda and SWMBO

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