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If you will need to take medications for a medical/psychiatric condition while traveling abroad, you should check with the embassy of your host country to make sure that you can bring those medications with you, and to determine what additional documentation you may need (original prescription, physician' letter, etc.).
Some countries DO NOT allow certain medications (including both prescription and non-prescription) and/or may require that you obtain a medical provider note or prescription documentation. If you are in possession of illegal medications (even if you obtained them legally in the US) or do not have the proper documentation, your medications may be confiscated and you can get arrested or deported.
The following are some medications that travelers may be taking, but in certain countries may be illegal or may need additional supporting documentation (this list is not all-inclusive, so if your medication is not in the list you should still check if it is allowed):
|Medication Class||Brand Names||Generic Names|
|Pain medications||Norco, Vicodin, Demerol, Percocet, Oxycontin, MS Contin, Hycodan, Tussin AC, Ultram||hydrocodone, oxycodone, dilaudid, fentanyl, morphine, methadone, codeine, tramadol|
|ADD/ADHD stimulants||Adderall, Vyvanse, Concerta, Ritalin, Dexedrine, Methylin, Metadate||dextroamphetamine, lisdexamfetamine, methyphenidate|
|Steroids (oral/topical and injectable)||Androgel||Testosterone|
|Sedatives/anxiety meds||Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, Buspar||alprazolam, lorazepam, clonazepam, buspirone, diazepam|
|Injectable medications||Check on country’s policy with bringing ANY injectable medication abroad|
|Other Miscellaneous||Sudafed decongestants & cold medicines that contain decongestants ("D" versions)||Pseudoephedrine, Medical marijuana/cannabis|