Medication Preparedness

MedicationIt doesn’t matter if you are traveling in our own country or doing foreign travel you need to be prepared with medication(s) that you need.  You should be sure to take things like Benadryl for insect bits and stings as well as aspirin or Tylenol, cough medicine and perhaps a sleep aid.  Also, take all of your prescription medications along.

Medications, whether prescriptions and over the counter need to be in their original containers if you are traveling abroad. You will need to check with the American embassy to make sure none of the medication you take are considered an illegal drug by the country you are visiting.  You need to take a copy of your prescriptions and a letter from your doctor describing any condition you might have and the medications you take.

Insurance from the United States of normally not accepted in a foreign country and Medicare and Medicaid do not provide coverage outside the United States. You will need to purchase an insurance policy that will cover your travel.  These can be obtained from a private health insurance carrier.  These policies not only cover doctor, hospital, and prescriptions but they will also cover evacuation back to the United States if it is needed. Be sure to have your doctor list both the brand name and the generic name for all medications. You will also need to take a copy of your insurance card for proof of insurance and at least one claim form in case something happens.

There are many other tips on foreign travel found on the Center for Disease and Control (CDC) site.  The link to this site is provided here.


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