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1. Posted by dontGetout (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

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My mom is going to Mexico for 5 days vacation. She takes a lot of medicine 3 times a day. Is there a tip or some advice for getting in and out of Mexico with her medicine? (NOT buying meds in Mexico)

She prefers to load up her little "morning-noon-night" pill box before she leaves home, but that may be too unofficial for border security. Is she required to bring her meds in the original bottles?

2. Posted by moutallica (Respected Member 122 posts) 10y

It would probably be a safe bet to keep all the meds in their original containers with proper labels. Also, a copy of the prescriptions and perhaps a note from the doctor. I figure it's better to be safe than sorry.

However, it is way more likely that she would have trouble coming back into the States, as Mexico is not too strict when it comes to things like this (nobody needs to smuggle drugs into Mexico, only out). I guess at that point, most of the medicine would be gone anyways, as there's not point in bringing much more than she needs (of course, it would be safe to bring some extra, in case of unforseen delays).

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Moutallica gave all the advice I was going to give. Definitely take the medications in the bottles and make sure the prescription labels are not out-of-date. Your mother can still fill her pill box, but have the bottles on hand too - especially for coming back into the US.

I always take my bottles, and a letter from my doctor. But, having a spare prescription is a good idea. In case something happens to one of the containers, you will be able to refill if necessary. It's a pain in the butt to bring everything, but it's important that your mother have her meds when she needs them.

4. Posted by rubens (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

Keep the medicines with their original labels and bottles and carry a copy of the prescription, please try to know and carry the phone of the consulate or embassy, maybe you don´t need all of those things but it´s better to be careful specially with this kind of medicines. Hope your mum enjoy the trip, bye bye

5. Posted by adrienne f (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

I must agree with the two replies below. But for 5 days, I'd say she could fill her morning-noon-nite container for 5 days (plus maybe a couple extra days) & let it go at that. No need to be paranoid. As they said, the meds will be mostly used up when she comes back into the states.The feds don't bother mature adults about their meds -- mostly young folks who they think may have "Drugs".
Tell her to relax & have a good time!
Adriana

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting adrienne f

I must agree with the two replies below. But for 5 days, I'd say she could fill her morning-noon-nite container for 5 days (plus maybe a couple extra days) & let it go at that. No need to be paranoid. As they said, the meds will be mostly used up when she comes back into the states.The feds don't bother mature adults about their meds -- mostly young folks who they think may have "Drugs".
Tell her to relax & have a good time!
Adriana

I disagree completely with just taking the medications in the pillbox. But, it also has nothing to do with being paranoid. And yes, the agents are going to scrutinize younger travelers more often than an older person, but that's not to say it doesn't happen.

Instead, the biggest issue here is having those meds and being able to replace them in Mexico should something happen to the pillbox. If there is no proof of prescription (ie: the containers, written copies and/or letter from the doc listing the meds and dosages), it's going to take phone calls, faxes, time and work to get the meds replaced out of country. I know what a headache it was to get a copy of my health letter replaced. If something should happen over a weekend - good luck getting in touch with your personal physician in a timely manner. Depending on the type of medication(s), Bill's mother may not have time to wait around. (I know I can't miss a couple of mine without putting myself at risk.)

I still propose erring on the side of safety. I don't care about the agents as much as I do about the health and welfare of an older woman out of country.