HOW TO TRAVEL WITH PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE
Q: What do Rush Limbaugh, Big Boi of Outkast and Oakland Raider Louis Murphy have in common?
A: They have all been arrested for traveling with Viagra without a prescription.
Viagra is an ‘erectile dysfunction’ drug that could help make it easier for 50.24% of us to do something harmless. While Viagra’s effects are not quite as bad as crack cocaine, crystal meth or a Big Mac, many countries around the world, including the USA, have strict rules regarding its possession without the pills in their proper container with a proper prescription. Even if you legally purchase Viagra over-the-counter in Taiwan or Mexico, if you bring it back to the US, or Singapore, or the UK, you may find yourself in jail for an evening, with criminal charges leveled against you. It’s not just drugs like Viagra, but also sleep medications, painkillers, sedatives, etc. What may just be ‘headache medicine’ in India may be a crime in Dubai. Be careful.
Traveling with medication, however harmless or necessary the drug is, requires some preparation. Make sure you’ve got the necessary papers and containers before you head out. What do you need?
research which medicines are allowed into the country in which you are traveling. if you can’t find the information, assume that it’s illegal or needs proper doctor/pharmacy verification
liquid medicines such as cough syrups may not be allowed on an airplane. Ask your pharmacy to pour it into smaller containers (under 3oz) that are properly labeled.
make sure all of your medicines are in their original containers and are labeled with both the doctor’s name and the name of the pharmacy
be sure that you have enough medicine and a bit extra for your entire trip. most international pharmacies will not recognize your home prescription and cannot refill unless it is an 0ver-the-counter drug
keep all of your prescription medicine in your carry-on baggage
try to remember to keep the paper for your original prescription with you. it’s probably not necessary, but doesn’t hurt in a jam
Recently, in aforementioned Dubai, travelers have been arrested and held for months for traveling with prescription back medicine, tiny amounts of cannabis on the bottom of their shoes, and even poppy seeds from a muffin consumed at Heathrow. It sounds unbelievable, but it happens. Better safe than sorry.