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Question about OTC medicine (Norway)

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1. Posted by jcarroll01 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

This thread is marked as being about Norway

My wife and I are having a minor dispute over the above. She seems to feel that we should load up on our OTC medicines for a 3 month exchange in Norway. I don't necessarily think it is true.

Is there some sort of chasm in the types of medicines that are available in Norway vs. the US?

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y

First, what is OTC? Not everybody here is a native speaker of English, and I am sure that even the Brits and the Irish got problems with some American slang. Please explain what you mean.

FYI, meds are very different from country to country. If it is an essential drug for you, get a prescription from your doctor along with a covering letter, buy a 3-month supply in the USA and bring it with you.

You got two problems:

You usually cannot bring pharmacy products into a country without prescriptions.

You usually cannot get the exact same drug you are used to from your home country abroad. If you can it is usually frought with difficulties, like needing a prescription from a local doctor.

3. Posted by jcarroll01 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Over The Counter. Not exactly sure it qualifies as slang, so I'll just ignore that part.

4. Posted by schulstok (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

OTC - gotta admit I didnt get it :)

Now, generally drugs are a LOT more restricted in Norway than in Europe in general and especially in the US. For everything that works you usually need a doctors note (despite it beeig OTC in other countries). Furthermore, as you hopefully have picked up, the cost level in Norway is above and beyond what you probably can imagine being an american (as many things are so cheap in the US)

It is not unnormal for norwegians to go OTC shopping when abroad

Conclusion: Bring all the OTC drugs you need (just make sure you dont bring anything really illegal and get stopped at customs ;)

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

I think it also kind of depends on what kind of OTC medicine you are talking about. There is stuff available here over the counter, but as schulstok pointed out, it won't be near the level of what is available in the US. It probably also depends on how much you mean with 'load up', as if it seriously weighs you down and you can live without it (or replace it with something typically Norwegian like cod liver oil which 'cures everything' I'm told :) ), then I'd certainly drop it.

6. Posted by jcarroll01 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Thanks to everyone for the information.

As one person pointed out we have both situations going on...bringing in prescription drugs, enough for our 6 months of travel, and trying to find the usual over the counter remedies.

I had visited the site only to find that the useful parts weren't in English, but did find some info. there, thanks.

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting jcarroll01

I had visited the site only to find that the useful parts weren't in English, but did find some info. there, thanks.

If you need a hand translating I can probably help. Alternatively, you can put the link to the page in at and it will translate it for you. Not perfectly, but you'll definitely get the meaning!