Thursday, December 15, 2016

Pack Your Drugs Safely

Many of us take prescription medications. So, what do you do when planning your next trip? Do you know how to pack them? Do you know what to do if you lose them?

First of all, think about packing your meds.

Do you know what restrictions apply in the country where you are going? It’s easy enough to check with the embassy to see if your meds could be on their restricted list.

It’s a good idea to leave your meds in their original containers and carry a copy of your prescription with you. It’s also a good idea to have a digital copy of your script. Back it up in the cloud to be safe.

Take enough with you for the whole trip, including a few extra.

Pack your meds in your carry on luggage.

Look up the generic name of your meds. All drugs are not sold under the same names.  You can check out the International Nonproprietary Name (INN) as this would help a pharmacist in another country.

If you need to purchase meds, do so at a legitimate pharmacy to avoid getting counterfeit drugs. And, if you do purchase some and end up with side effects, be sure to notify your physician about this.

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