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Medications & Over The Counter Meds

Postby Carleton » Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:11 am

I will be traveling to Saudi for a 3-6 mos work assignment.Per information I read online, I inquired with my doctor about obtaining a copy of my two prescriptions - she said it wasn't needed and as long as I kept them in their original bottles w/ the prescrip info I would be fine. My concern is that my insurance is under my husbands last name(which is on the bottles) but my passport is under my maiden name.  Will I have problems carrying these with me?

Also - is there any problem bringing over-the-counter meds such as benadryl or vitamins?

Regards

ANSWER: This is one of those answers I can only give with a disclaimer.  I think you need to find a specialist.  Your company should have a health officer and they can answer questions about meds better than I can, however...

My daughter has asthma,my wife a blood condition and I have gout, a we bring in: inhalers, a nebulizer machine, drugs for the nebulizer, children's benadryl, children's Tylenol,a blood thinner(really, rat poison in concentrated form, sometimes as pills, but on occasion, as preloaded syringes# and gout meds. As we frequently can't find the same brands of meds we take in the states, we bring in a year's worth of the drugs.  As my wife and I are always worried that we will lose a bag in transit, we carry all but the nebulizer stuff distributed through our luggage in all different kinds of bottles and containers.  We order and have shipped to us vitamins #big quantities#, cosmetics, hand sanitizer and seasonal candy #can't buy marshmallow chicks or chocolate Santa's in Saudi#. Nobody has ever blinked at our assortment of drugs, we've never had anything taken out of a package.  

In my experience, having a different name than your husband on your passport will cause you more problems in the middle east than pretty much any collection of meds.  Again, in my experience here, the only name they care about on things is the husband's.  It is fairly common in the middle east to see some confusion over naming conventions, this happens frequently at the hospital #all of my daughter's medical records here seem to be under my name#.  Does the GRO #Government Relations Officer)with whoever you'll be working understand that you and your husband don't share a name?  If you have a medical condition that might result in you being incapacitated #diabetes, for instance# it might be important that someone understands this difference #Saudi women don't change names when they marry, but it is just sort of expected that Americans will share a name#.

Are you coming to Yanbu to teach at the Women's College?

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

No I am not teaching at the women's college, I am a government contractor and will be working in Riyadh. My husband is not traveling with me.

You mentioned that you have vitamins, etc shipped to you, why is that? Is it difficult to find in them in Saudi? Lastly, can you recommend a good Internet site to do more expat research?  

Kind Regards,
Carleton
 
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Medications & Over The Counter Meds

Postby Kort » Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:37 am

Must not have been paying attention.  Yanbu is opening a new women's university and we are seeing an influx of working professional women here in Yanbu.  It is something different for us out here in the boonies.

Riyadh is a different game.

Vitamins and a number of over the counter medicines are more expensive here than they are in the US.  So, a small bottle of a multi-vitamin here costs you three or four times what a large bottle of the same thing does from Wal-mart.  Many of the over the counter brands in the US aren't available here, so, you find a pharmacist who speaks English, tell him the drug(not the name brand# you want, and see what he can come up with. We have the same problem with prescription drugs.  We can't seem to find the same brand of nebulizer and inhaler drugs that we buy in the states here in Saudi.  We don't want to take a chance that there is some difference in their actual effect on my daughter's asthma. My wife's blood thinner is highly toxic, most pharmacists here really don't want to sell us a poison that we are going to walk out of the store with.  As I believe Saudi law would implicate the seller as well at the poisoner if someone were to drop dead of Coumadin poisoning, I understand their hesitation.  They don't tend to stock the gout drug I take in the US, they seem to want to treat it with powerful anti-inflammatorily, and I don't want the side-effects.

Lots of things here are cheaper here than they would be in the US in terms of drugs, but you never know that they can import from Jordan and what they have to buy from the US. I've been a reader of:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/expatsinsaudiarabia/

For a long time.  Dive into their archives or just post a question, somebody will have an answer.

I also like to read: http://americanbedu.com/  she has lived in the Riyadh area for a long time and has an interesting perspective on Saudi life.

The biggest English Newspaper here is the Arab News #sometimes called "The Green Truth"):  http://arabnews.com/
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Medications & Over The Counter Meds

Postby Etienne » Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:04 pm

I will be traveling to Saudi for a 3-6 mos work assignment.Per information I read online, I inquired with my doctor about obtaining a copy of my two prescriptions - she said it wasn't needed and as long as I kept them in their original bottles w/ the prescrip info I would be fine. My concern is that my insurance is under my husbands last name(which is on the bottles) but my passport is under my maiden name.  Will I have problems carrying these with me?

Also - is there any problem bringing over-the-counter meds such as benadryl or vitamins?

Regards

ANSWER: This is one of those answers I can only give with a disclaimer.  I think you need to find a specialist.  Your company should have a health officer and they can answer questions about meds better than I can, however...

My daughter has asthma,my wife a blood condition and I have gout, a we bring in: inhalers, a nebulizer machine, drugs for the nebulizer, children's benadryl, children's Tylenol,a blood thinner(really, rat poison in concentrated form, sometimes as pills, but on occasion, as preloaded syringes# and gout meds. As we frequently can't find the same brands of meds we take in the states, we bring in a year's worth of the drugs.  As my wife and I are always worried that we will lose a bag in transit, we carry all but the nebulizer stuff distributed through our luggage in all different kinds of bottles and containers.  We order and have shipped to us vitamins #big quantities#, cosmetics, hand sanitizer and seasonal candy #can't buy marshmallow chicks or chocolate Santa's in Saudi#. Nobody has ever blinked at our assortment of drugs, we've never had anything taken out of a package.  

In my experience, having a different name than your husband on your passport will cause you more problems in the middle east than pretty much any collection of meds.  Again, in my experience here, the only name they care about on things is the husband's.  It is fairly common in the middle east to see some confusion over naming conventions, this happens frequently at the hospital #all of my daughter's medical records here seem to be under my name#.  Does the GRO #Government Relations Officer)with whoever you'll be working understand that you and your husband don't share a name?  If you have a medical condition that might result in you being incapacitated #diabetes, for instance# it might be important that someone understands this difference #Saudi women don't change names when they marry, but it is just sort of expected that Americans will share a name#.

Are you coming to Yanbu to teach at the Women's College?

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

No I am not teaching at the women's college, I am a government contractor and will be working in Riyadh. My husband is not traveling with me.

You mentioned that you have vitamins, etc shipped to you, why is that? Is it difficult to find in them in Saudi? Lastly, can you recommend a good Internet site to do more expat research?  

Kind Regards,
Etienne
 
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