Warning: Border control: drugs on the move

Ratingen. Persistent cough, allergy or chronic illness: Many people have to take medication on vacation. For those traveling abroad: Attention! Because you can not take certain medicines in all countries. The pharmacies of Mettmann, Ratingen and Velbert advise their patients and their customers on first aid kits and what is important for traveling with children.

Beware of painkillers and narcotics

Not all drugs are allowed to be imported in all countries. in particular
great caution should be exercised with strong analgesics or sedatives containing morphine or other opiates. These drugs are covered by the Narcotics Act and are subject to special conditions.
Uniform rules apply in the 26 EU countries of the Schengen area.
For trips of less than 30 days, the use of medically prescribed narcotics is allowed if a certificate certified by the competent State authority has been issued. A corresponding form is available for download on the website of the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM).
When traveling to other countries, there are no uniform guidelines. Here, it is absolutely advisable to inquire about the regulations in force with the diplomatic representations. Sometimes, it is not only forbidden to carry pain and narcotics. Even hypnotics and antidepressants or even cough syrup, which contains the active ingredient codeine associated with opiates, can not be introduced. Strict specifications apply, including in the United States, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. "If in doubt, they can also be informed in your pharmacy," advises Inge Funke, spokesperson for pharmacists in Mettmann, Ratingen and Velbert. Medications are in your hand luggage
"If you travel by plane, it is best to store all important medicines in your carry-on luggage," advises Apothekerin Funke. There, they are always at hand and can not be lost. Unlike the suitcase, which can land at another airport. In the cargo hold of an airplane, the situation also gets pretty cool. This can have an adverse effect on some active ingredients.