Am I going to have any problems bringing antipsychotics into India?
Gary Whitehead
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#1
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Am I going to have any problems bringing antipsychotics into India?

I’m going to be proscribed some PRN antipsychotic medication that I will be taking to India. Will I have any problems taking them to India? I’m going on a 90 dat e-visa from the U.K. Could I be questioned on my I need them and be denied entery?

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#2
| Maha Guru Member
Can you get a 90 day e-visa? I thought the maximum e-visa was 60 days?

Advice seems to be to bring a copy of your doctors prescription with you for any personal prescribed medications.

As an old guy, I carry lots of different pills, but no one expressed any interest in them or me. I did carry my UK prescription just in case.

Some medications may not be allowed in under any circumstances, maybe opiate type pain killers, etc.

One can buy many medicines in India, but I have no information on specialist items.

I understand your question about being denied entry because of being on such medication, but I doubt that would be a factor, they do allow folk in for medical reasons anyway...

Please comment on the visa issue?

Ed.
#3
| Learning... from others' experiences!
Agree with O&R...

There should not be any problem as long as you carry physician's prescription and cash memo of the purchase. Maximum of these medicines are available in India.
#4
| The Silent One

Am I going to have any problems bringing antipsychotics into India?

Prescription should suffice, don't think cash memo is required.
Do not expect you to be turned around for carrying those medicines, unless there is an acute exacerbation of symptoms at the airport due to any reason ( stress, sleep deprivation and more).
I will suggest to get your medicines along with you, if it is possible. ( In the middle East the max prescription is for 4 weeks, then one would have to purchase the rest here) Some dosages are unique and so are some medicines, which may not be available freely, best to carry what you can.
In case of need, you can always visit a local specialist. A prescription would be required to get the medicines described.
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Originally posted by: OldandRambling View Post

Can you get a 90 day e-visa? I thought the maximum e-visa was 60 days?

Advice seems to be to bring a copy of your doctors prescription with you for any personal prescribed medications.

As an old guy, I carry lots of different pills, but no one expressed any interest in them or me. I did carry my UK prescription just in case.

Some medications may not be allowed in under any circumstances, maybe opiate type pain killers, etc.

One can buy many medicines in India, but I have no information on specialist items.

I understand your question about being denied entry because of being on such medication, but I doubt that would be a factor, they do allow folk in for medical reasons anyway...

Please comment on the visa issue?

Ed.


Yes your right it is a 60 day e-visa I will be obtaining. Thank you for your advice.
#6
| Loud Noisy Bird
I'd be more worried about taking stuff, even transit, through middle-east/far-east countries, and I'd check their list of forbidden substances very carefully if you are going to take one of those routes.

India does have a list of forbidden substances, some of which might be available on prescription in other countries. I'm sorry, I chanced upon it online quite a long time ago and would have no idea where to look now. Google, I guess.

I would not expect any trouble in bringing anything that has been prescribed in UK. But I am not a doctor, or a pharmacist. Or a customs guy!
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#7
| Maha Guru Member
If you need refills it might behoove thou to bring the generic name. There is a site for that..
#8
| Loud Noisy Bird

Am I going to have any problems bringing antipsychotics into India?

I think there is something called schedule X? Whereas most medicines, whatever it says, schedule H, prescription, blah blah, can be bought on demand, there is a group that ordinary high-street pharmacies are not even allowed to stock.

Do not worry: if your need is genuine, you get a consultation with a specialist for a few hundred rupees, a prescription, and a pointer to where you can get the medicine.

One thing... Just check that your medicine is available in India. Google will help. Do this in time to check with your doc.

So use Google to find out if it is legal and if it is available.

You can name the medication here. Someone might know. But you may wish to be private.
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#9
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Thanks everybody for your welcomed advice.

The medication is Olanzapine, I think the generic name is Zyprexa. I had a meeting with my care team on Wednesday and my psychiatrist is proscribing me 10 days worth of meds, I think 5mg incase I become either manic or psychotic. We were going over the safeguards incase I become unwell and for this to be a successful holiday paving the way for future trips to India. I know that if I do become unwell and need evacuating back to the U.K I know it would be impossible obtains travel insurance in the future, this holidays insurance for 31 days is £280.00 which is a lot considering I could get the same insurance for £20.00 if I didn’t have a illness. I fell in love with India on my very first trip back in 2006 so I definitely think the cost is worth it. I am really excited to be visiting Kerala in December.
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| The Silent One
You will get olanzapine by the bucketload in India and you will also get pretty good health professionals and care facilities in Kerala, if the need arises.
So get whatever you get from your treating team there and hop on to India. I hope you don't need to use any of the prescribed medicines but be aware of your early warning signs, keep a low threshold to self medicate if you feel it necessary and most importantly make sure you get good sleep.. Also do stay away from alcohol and stimulants as far as possible.
Have fun. :)
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Can I ask what is mental health care like in Kerala or other states in India? If I need a psychiatrist I would like to pay myself instead of troubling my insurance provider. Is seeing a psychiatrist expensive? Would I thave trouble obtaining antipsychotics if I run out of medication prescribed by my U.K. psychiatrist? I don’t think it would be any problem a Indian psychiatrist liaising with my U.K. psychiatrist. I would want to use my travel insurance as a very last resort. I’m just thinking about the worst case scenarios. I am currently on injection form medication and have fortunately been illness free for two years so don’t expect to become unwell but the thought of it makes me very anxious and I do experience catastrophic thinking so this messages from people here is very reassuring indeed.
#12
| The Silent One
A psychiatrist in a hospital should be charge less than 10 GBP. Almost all the big cities will have a good number of them, multispeciality hospitals will definitely have them.
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#13
| Loud Noisy Bird
I don't think that UK uses the term "multi-speciality." What snotty means, although it might be obvious, is the branded private hospitals. Apollo would be the best known where I am, I do not know about Kerala.
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#14
| Chingona y Curandera
I knew a woman who came to India with her daughter who also needed Olanzapine. They had no trouble whatsoever bringing that into India. I would just make doubly sure I had enough with me instead of relying on trying to get some of that in India and worrying about running out.
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#15
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From a medical point of view there is nothing to worry about carrying olanzapine. It may be antipsychotic but there is no risk of addiction/abuse..... restrictions only apply usually to drugs with these potentials ( painkillers, sorts of anti cough medicine, tranquilizers...).