For students taking prescription medications, you are advised to consult your physician to make sure you have an adequate supply for the duration of your study abroad program. Do not expect that you will be able to fill your prescription in the host country. It is also recommended that you get a letter from your physician describing the prescription you are taking, what it is for, and identification of a generic alternative. Do not pack your prescription medication in your checked baggage. Keep all prescription drugs with you in carry on baggage.
Bring an Ample Supply
You are encouraged to bring your favorite remedy for common illnesses such as headaches, colds, diarrhea, upset stomach, allergies, and sinus problems. You are not likely to find the exact brand overseas that you are used to here at home. In most countries, you will have access to a variety of over-the-counter (OTC) medications, however it is important to remember that many countries do not have the same rigorous standards as the FDA here in the United States. You may also find that common OTC medications in the US require a prescription overseas.
Consider this advice:
1) Be wary of OTC medications. It is best if you get a recommendation from a close friend or advisor on brands to consider in country.
For more information on medication and international travel visit Mobility International as they hold up-to-date information as well as a wonderful tipchart on how to go about planning to bring medication abroad.
Page last modified January 2, 2014