Traveling abroad with medication
This article is a travel topic
Many people regularly depend on prescription and non-prescription medications to treat and control symptoms of a variety of medical conditions. For those advised by a physician to use a particular drug, lack of compliance may be detrimental to one's health. For some, missing even a single dose of a prescribed pill can be potentially life-threatening. Traveling away from home does not diminish one's need for the medication. At the same time, what may be legal in one country may be outlawed with serious consequences in another. The very act of bringing in the pills may be a violation that may result in the substance being confiscated, the traveler being detained, expelled, or imprisoned, or even worse. Some countries are so strict about these policies that they do not show an mercy to the needy patient. In such a case, it may be necessary to avoid travel to such a country altogether if one cannot do without one's drugs.
It is important to be aware that some drugs that are available without a prescription in one country require one in another. The very act of bringing them in may require a letter from one's physician if they are allowed at all.
Obtaining medication in a foreign country
If one is spending a significant amount of time in a foreign country, or loses the supply they brought from home, it may be necessary to obtain a replacement supply. One should be aware of possible sources of this medication in the country. Simply walking into a pharmacy may not enable one to easily obtain the pills they need. One may need to see a physician in the country they are visiting, who must verify one's need for the drug, possibly either with contact with one's physician from home or medical tests.
Some medications may be impossible to obtain in the country one is visiting, or may be of a lower quality that in some cases may not be therapeutic.
Transiting with medication
Most countries require transiting airline passengers to undergo a security screening while in the process of changing planes, at which time, one's belongings will be inspected for banned items. This includes medications banned in that country, even if they are fully allowed in one's country of origin and destination. For this reason, one who is transiting and carrying medication along their journey should check the regulations for that country on medications even before booking the flight. If the transiting country does not allow the medication, one should consider a different route of travel.