COMMON everyday medications that are legal in your country may get you fined or even jailed in some countries.
Even over-the-counter medications such as nicotine gum, children’s pain relief and cold and flu tablets are banned in some countries, comparison website.
Authorities are urging people who take medication to make sure they’re clued up on local laws before going on holiday this summer, because some medications including anti-depressants, painkillers and even over-the-counter cough syrups are banned or have specific rules around them in certain countries
1 Medication containing pseudoephedrine – found in the likes of Sudafed and Vicks – is banned in Japan
2. Prohibited in the United States: addictive narcotics such as sleeping pills and antidepressants without a doctor’s letter. These drugs should also be in their original packaging with no more than a 90-day supply
3. Prohibited in Singapore: anti-anxiety pills, sleeping pills and strong painkillers without a licence. Singapore has had a chewing gum ban since 1992 and prohibits medicinal chewing gums such as nicotine.
4. In Costa Rica you should only take enough medication for the length of your stay, with a doctor’s note to confirm that this is the right amount
5.In Qatar, over-the-counter medicines such as cold and cough remedies are controlled substances and must be accompanied by a prescription
6.Prohibited in China: sleeping pills, medication for ADHD, and strong painkillers without a prescription. Before holidaying in China, make sure you have a doctor’s note for every medication you are carrying as any amount above a seven-day supply of medication will need to be verified by a prescription.
7 Prohibited in South Korea: narcotic medications without prior approval and a prescription.
8 In Indonesia, many prescription medicines such as codeine, sleeping pills and treatments for ADHD are illegal