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Can my doctor prescribe extra medication for my extended holiday?

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Can my doctor prescribe extra medication for my extended holiday?
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If you're taking medicines for a health condition, and you're planning on being away from home for a while, it's good to be prepared.

Visit your doctor at least eight weeks before you travel, especially if you're going abroad. Your doctor will be able to recommend that you have certain vaccinations which may consist of several doses. They will also be able to advise you about any other precautions you should take when visiting specific countries.

If you are going to be away for more than 3 months, you should ask your doctor to give you a prescription to take with you. It may be worthwhile having your prescription translated into the language of the country or countries that you're visiting. Also, a letter from your doctor or a personal health record card giving details about the medicines may be useful.

You will also need to find out whether there are any restrictions on taking your medicines in and out of the country you are visiting, as some medicines that are available over the counter may be controlled in other countries and vice versa. If you're in any doubt, you should declare them at customs when you return.

For example, some prescribed medicines, such as Temazapam, contain controlled drugs, so the amount you can take abroad is limited.

Countries such as India, Pakistan and Turkey have very specific rules about medications that you can, or cannot, bring into the country. If you're unsure about taking your medication into a certain country, contact the appropriate embassy or high commission.

If you are traveling abroad with your prescribed medicines, you should always ensure that they are in a correctly labeled container. If you are carrying needles or syringes in your luggage, it is a good idea to have a letter from your doctor with you, so that, if required, you can prove that the drugs are for medical use. This may help you avoid any problems at customs. Your doctor is entitled to charge you for this service, but it could be worth it.

NOTICE: The information provided on this site is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on Wellsphere. If you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.
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