April 01, 2003
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April 2003
Short Cuts:

Traveling With Medicine

When traveling with medications, especially to international destinations, heed the following advice.

  • Carry separate prescriptions for brand-name medicines and their generic counterparts.

  • Know a medication’s trade name in the destination country. On the Web, Mosby’s Drug Consult ( includes a free list of foreign names for 200 common medicines.

  • Bring a typed, signed doctor’s note and the original packaging for diabetic syringes and controlled substances such as sedatives and tranquilizers.

  • Keep medications in carry-on luggage, and bring an extra week’s supply in the event of unforeseen delays or last-minute changes in plans.

  • If buying medication abroad, purchase only enough for the duration of the trip, because U.S. Customs might not allow it back into the country.

  • For more information and advice, consult Medication Tips for Travelers by Joy Nyquist, R.N. (866-880-5963;

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