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Medications and Chronic Conditions

If you take prescription medications, be sure to bring enough refills for the duration of your stay. Also bring a handwritten prescription to assist a local doctor with a new prescription in the event that you should run out or your originals become lost or destroyed. Be certain the prescription specifies the Latin terms for the medication as well as dosage; brand names and dosages do vary from country to country. Keep ALL prescriptions in the original container. You may be required to dispose of them or could be detained by security in the airport if prescriptions are inappropriately stored. IF you take multiple prescriptions, narcotics, or injection prescriptions, BE SURE to carry a letter from your doctor explaining the use(s) of the medications. Without this documentation you could be required to destroy the medications or could be detained by the airport security.

Over-the-counter medications (such as pain relievers, fever reducers, and vitamins) should also be carried in the original container. If you wear contact lenses or glasses, bring a spare pair, as well as a replacement prescription.

If you have any chronic conditions, i.e. allergies, eating disorders, diabetes, etc., psychological, or emotional issues, you should contact your doctor(s) before departing. Get written documentation that clearly specifies if and how your special needs can be accommodated. It is your responsibility to alert the International Education Center, your in-country study abroad director, roommates, etc. to the situation and provide them the information necessary to take care of you in the event that you are unable to care for yourself.