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Medication Abroad

Prescription Drugs

If you take prescription drugs, take note of the strength of each dosage and chemical composition. European medicines are sometimes calibrated differently than medicines in the US.


Psychotherapeutic Medications

Psychotherapeutic medicine prescribed in the US may not be allowed in Italy because they are considered drugs. Students found with such medicine or with more than the daily-prescribed dosage could be asked to leave the country. To avoid this, students in need of psychotherapeutic medicine should check with their doctor if they can take certain medicine into Italy or other European countries they will visit. If the medicine is not allowed and the students cannot substitute it with one allowed in Italy, students should request that their doctor write a certificate specifying the reasons why they are taking that medicine, the dosage required for the length of their stay, and why they are traveling into the country with a certain amount. Psychotherapeutic medicine cannot be shipped to Italy.

Contact lens solution

Though it is available in Italy, it is usually more expensive and products vary from the U.S. Bring an extra set of contacts or glasses and your lens prescription.  If you wear glasses, bring a copy of your eye glass prescription as well.


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