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Most of us travel with some form of medicine that range from mild headache and pain relievers to prescription medication.

It’s important to know what you can bring with you and what isn’t allowed.

First, you should always keep your prescription drugs in their original containers with the doctor’s prescription printed on them. In case you don’t have the original container, make sure to bring a copy of your original prescription or a letter from your doctor. And ask your doctor to list both the brand name of the medicine as well as its generic name. This is especially important if you’re traveling overseas.

And then, remember there’s a limit on how much of the drug you can bring. Generally, a personal supply cap is considered to be 90 days worth of the drug but overseas, it can get stickier.

For example, in Japan, it’s illegal to bring some over-the-counter medicines we use normally in the United States including some allergy and decongestion pills. 

Double check the regulations of your destination and make sure you bring a prescription from your doctor, just in case.

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