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IMPORTANT – If you need to get medication in another country, the pharmacist will need to see the actual name of the medications, not the brand name. For example, Lipitor is actually atorvastatin. It could have a different brand name in a different country.

Take a photo of your pill bottles or better yet, of your prescription. Keep it on your phone and also email it to yourself. If you lose your luggage and your phone, you can still access your email from wherever you are. Then, you can take that information to a local pharmacy and get your prescription refilled.

Bring more than you think you’ll need. Put some in your carry-on and some in your checked bag. That way, if you lose one bag, you’ll still have the other.

Be aware that some medications may not be legal in some countries, particularly narcotics and psychotropics. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist to make sure your medications won’t be confiscated.

If you need medications and can’t get them from a pharmacy, contact your embassy or consulate.

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