Out of Town and Out of Meds: What Do You Do If You Forgot To Bring Your Prescription?

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We live in a fast paced world, and people are traveling now more than ever. Whether it be for business or for pleasure, most of us will spend at least a few days outside of our home towns each year; some of us even spend most of the year away from home. We always do our best to be prepared; we try not to forget our toothbrushes and our passports, but sometimes we can forget those small but vitally important things that can ruin your trip if they are absent. For instance forgetting to bring your prescription (just a tiny piece of paper) can cause you a lot of inconvenience when you are on your trip, especially if you are gone for more than a few days.

You are usually only allowed to bring a certain amount of pills with you when you are traveling. If you plan to be away for some time, having your prescription with you is the only way that you can get more meds easily. But, what do you do if you have forgotten your prescription?

What Are The Options?

If you find yourself in a situation where you have run out of medication and you don’t have a prescription with you, you have a few options.

1. You could try to contact your doctor and have them fax or email you a new prescription.

This may work in some instances, but depending on the country or state you are in, a copy of a prescription may not cut it. Often the only prescription that will be accepted is the original signed prescription of your doctor, and even then it might be a hassle confirming that it is an authentic prescription.

2. You could attempt to get the medication without a prescription.

Some countries are more lenient when it comes to medications. Sometimes you can simply tell them that you have a prescription and the pharmacist will take your word for it. In countries where there aren’t many laws against buying prescription medication without a prescription, this can be done. However, the danger is that you may not be getting what you think you are getting. Often, fewer laws also means that there are fewer safeguards. Many of the medications that are sold in foreign pharmacies may be replicas, and there can be many dangers of generic medications in countries that don’t have strict laws regarding pharmaceuticals.

3. You could buy your meds through a legitimate online pharmacy.

Many people are distrustful of online pharmacies because of all the fake ones that sell generic medications and scam people. However, a good online pharmacy can save you tons of time, hassle, and even money. If you already have a good online pharmacy that you trust, you can easily order whatever meds you need and have them shipped to your address abroad. You can usually get these medications in a little less than a week, and some online pharmacies even offer overnight delivery. Also, in some countries, ordering online may be much cheaper than buying your medication at a local pharmacy, even if you do have a prescription with you.

These are some of the options you can try if you find yourself in a situation like this. However, the best thing that you can do is to be prepared. Check with your doctor before you do any traveling and call the consulate of the country that you are going to ask about traveling with meds and how easy it is to refill a prescription.

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