Bringing prescription medicine home

#1 Dec 22nd, 2015, 13:43
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I suffer from anxiety which has become pretty bad of late, on and of. Previously I was prescribed Valium by my GP and took them rarely, really just when my anxiety reached it's peak. They worked amazingly so I could see why they are a controlled substance as they could be easily addictive! I was only prescribed about 10 tablets for 2mg each so not a high dose.

I have tried to make a GP appointment to speak to my doctor about having another prescription for some tablets while I'm India but with it being Christmas this week, I am struggling to get one before I go. If I visited a doctor in India and obtained a prescription for Valium, would I be able to bring any remaining tablets back into the UK?

I'm not planning on taking the tablets at the moment - it's more of a precaution that if I need to take them then I can. I don't usually get anxious when I'm abroad and in new places oddly. I seem to be good at dealing with unknown places, just not unknown situations back home!

Also if I do manage to see my own GP before I leave and bring a prescription and medicine with me from the UK, would this be problematic in India?

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If it is a prescription medicine, a passenger may carry medicine during travel but in limited quantity.
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Valium, and /or its equivalents are available in India and you would get them at the pharmacy. In fact, sadly, you could probably get them without a prescription too.
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see this link:
http://www.medindia.net/drug-price/diazepam.htm
The generic Diazepam is manufactured by 52 companies. The information provided includes the cost of the drug and the type of drug - tablet, capsule, syrup, cream, gel, ointment, liquid or injection.
Please also note that Medindia's database currently has 91 Brands of Generics of Diazepam listed.
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Thank you for your help. I will want to get a prescription in case I bring it back to the UK.

On a different note, how much does it cost to see a doctor in India for a consultation? I will probably look for one in Varkala. Can I go to a hospital to see the doctor or elsewhere?

Thank you.
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Not sure its available although i havent tried to ask for it for years. When i did I was told it was not available but I could have lorazepam or alprozolam, which are similar but if i remember, less addictive

Most reputable pharmacies will not sell sophorifics without prescription.

Good qualiity Drs are cheap, ask at an upmarket hotel for their usual medic. When i was on my knees with a respiratory infection,the Dr summoned by the Imperial Hotel in Delhi was brisk, attentive careful to avoid a hurried diagnosis and hit the spot with the right drugs. i cannot remember what he charged but, i was agreeably surprised
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A physician in India might not prescribe you anti-depressants during first visit.
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alprazolam is reasonably easy to get. It's currently helping me forget my flood-recovery days each night.

Whilst I do not currently have an actual prescription for it, I could dig out an old one, or get a new one at the drop of a hat.

A consultation with a doctor here costs anything from fifty or a hundred rupees to around five hundred to see a specialist at a good private hospital. Easy, just walk in. If you go to a specialist, you might even get some good medical advice as part of the bargain!

You should not have any problems taking drugs back to UK, as long as it is not commercial quantities, or a highly restricted/illegal drug there. However, be very careful if travelling via middle-eastern countries that have strict rules and nasty punishments. I know, for instance, that Alprazolam is a restricted substance in Singapore, which is why a got a prescription, not only on the doc's notepaper, but with official stamp, blah blah.

I've been into a pharmacy with a visitor who asked for, and got, quite large (to me) quantities of some potent substances. She was a nurse, and she knew what she was wanted exactly. This was a busy Delhi place: I know I could not buy anything like that from my local guys by the boxful, they simply would not stock more than they regularly sell in a day or two
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I currently pay 400rs for a consultation in a private hospital here. Cheap everywhere. Just walk in.

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Thank you everyone! You have all been so helpful.

I'll look into the Alprazolam although I was reluctant to try anything new it may be better if less addictive!

I am flying direct to UK so middle eastern countries shouldn't be a problem...I hope I don't get diverted for any reason (my anxiety is so irrational I'lol probably now be worrying about this)!

Nick-h - was this the recent floods in Chennai? I'm so sorry to hear you were affected. They looked utterly horrendous. I hope the water has now receded and life is getting back to normal.
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I think you should get a doc's advice. Alprazolam is not meant to be a sleeping pill, but it works like that for me. I would not be able to take it in waking hours and function, not even a small dose.

Yes, the floods have been hell for many, many of us here. Yes, we were badly affected, others worse, though. there is a thread on it. Hope you don't live in Cumbria just now!
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you do need medical advice, no-one here is qualified to give it. There is a reson why Drs dont prescribe valium much and although alprozolam is less addictive your UK GP would be unlikely to give you much of that either. I would try to do without it, firstly because you need your wits about you in a foreign country and secondly if your anxieties arise from home pressures then a holiday will ease them in itself. Why not try that and save any drug thereapy for when your GP OK's it?
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oh and Nick, hope you get dryer soon........
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Thanks again all. I'm not after medical advice so much, just wondering more about any problems I might encounter with prescriptions/taking it home and want to be prepared for if I do need to see a doctor.

You are right Bruce that a holiday will hopefully ease things anxiety wise. That's always been the case before so I'm hoping it will this time but I like to be prepared (another anxiety thing I think!) for worse case scenarios.

Valium is only a consideration because I have taken it before and I know that if I need it, a small dose is effective for me, will work instantly and based on past experiences, hopefully shouldn't have side effects. I would be reluctant to try anything new I think but would of course take a doctor's advice.

Thanks again all.

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