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Old 05-25-2009, 11:53 AM   #1
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my boyfriend and I are planning a year long trip- and both of us are on medication.... I've posted on the Thorntree forum, and most of the girls suggested bringing a doctors note to get contraceptive pills.... I'd feel more comfortable bringing my own, rather then possibly getting the wrong dosage and having cramps and other lovely surprises... (girls you know what I'm talkin' about!).

My boyfriend on the other hand has life long meds that he can't go without- should he just bring along a stack of them? I'm not sure how easily a doctor's note would pass, as his meds aren't simple over-the-counter-at-your-local-pharmacy meds. If for some reason he couldn't get them in some other country....then that would be very bad.

Any suggestions on what you guys have done?

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Not sure if you were already welcomed, but if not, welcome to the boards!

Anyways, I'd say bring as much medicine that you feel comfortable with, then if you run out (or lose it) resort to foreign pharmacies. It's not that other countries don't have good drugs, its just that its a pain in the ass medically locate something that you need quickly in another language.

If you need to get prescription drugs in another country, make sure you have travel insurance, and find and get a local english speaking doctor to prescribe something for you. I dont' think medical notes work across borders - since I don't think if someone showed up at Shoppers Drug Mart with a note written in Korean, it would be accepted.
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Thanks for the warm welcome Canadian Bacon!!! :D

Okay- so travel insurance will cover me for stuff like that- can they say "Yes this person can have these meds"- or is the travel insurance more to cover the cost of it? (naive newb here... ) and the foreign doctor should be able to give them to me?

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hey, i only travelled for three motnhs but took all my meds with me, my doctor was able to write me a massive prescription and then we just poopped them all into massive containers to try cut down how much room they took, no one ever checked them crossing borders or whatever. i would be very apprehensive carrying a whole years drugs however,
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