Taking medicines abroad
If you're taking regular medicines, make sure that you have enough to last for your whole trip, even if your return is delayed by a couple of days.
If you're going for a long time, check whether you can get the medicines you need in the country you are going to, as your doctor can normally prescribe only a limited amount. The trade names of some medicines may vary from country to country, so it helps to record the drug (generic) names of your medicines, as well as the trade (brand) names.
Timing of medicines
If you’re travelling across international time zones, it’s likely that the shift in time will affect when you take your regular medicines.
- If there are only a couple of hours of time difference, you may want to continue taking the medicines at the same times you have been (UK time).
- If there’s a greater difference from UK time, you may end up taking your medicines at inconvenient times of the day or night.
It may be easier to gradually adjust the times that you need to take your regular medicines to fit in with the local time. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you to plan adjusting the times of your medicines.
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