Taking prescription drugs into Mexico
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Aug 13, 2012 8:19 PM Last Post By: tiredandretired
Aug 2, 2012 2:38 PM
Taking prescription drugs into MexicoHi,
I leave for Mexico in two weeks and am entering as a tourist until I get my work permit. Does anyone have any experience with taking prescription drugs into Mexico? I've read a lot on the customs website etc which has said I need to take the prescription with me for proof of medical use, but there is nothing specifying what quantity is deemed ok. I've heard a month's worth but there's nothing verifying this so if anyone has any more information I'd be very grateful!
Aug 2, 2012 2:51 PM
1Unless they are classed as a narcotic, I wouldn't anticipate any problems. I've carried 90 days worth of 4 different Rx drugs at a time. Never had a question. In fact, I was able to refill in Mexico by just taking the bottle to a local pharmacy.
Aug 2, 2012 2:58 PM
2You need to have them in a prescription bottle to bring them in. When I moved to Mexico I bought 5 months worth. I could have bought 10 years worth no one checked. I drove into Mexico so if your flying it could be different.
Aug 2, 2012 5:02 PM
Aug 2, 2012 7:39 PM
4Lately, I've been going back and forth between Chicago and Puerto Vallarta every few months. I always bring several prescription meds. with me, enough to cover me during my stay in Mexico. No one has ever said anything when I've come into Mexico. The only potential problem I've ever had was on my way OUT, when I was going back to Chicago. (When I am leaving Mexico, I always leave the few remaining pills that I may have in their original little plastic prescription bottles.)
One time, when an agent was hand-searching my luggage before I got up to the airline desk to check in for my flight to Chicago, an agent held up my prescription bottles. She asked me if they were prescriptions. I said they were and she said the bottles were OK and put them back in my carry-on bag.
Aug 2, 2012 7:57 PM
5Never had a problem in 26 years of Mexican travel. Just take them in the original bottle. Many can be refilled in Mexico without a prescription except narcotics or antibiotics. Then a prescription by a Mexican MD is required. Many large pharmacies have MD on staff for this purpose.
Some items are far less than US prices & others far Far More.
Aug 3, 2012 9:58 AM
Aug 3, 2012 8:15 PM
Aug 3, 2012 11:53 PM
8I've brought in bottles of 160 doses of Oxycodone, and 160 doses of oral morphine. Both had clear Rx labels on them with my name. Heck yes, the aduanero knew what he was looking at. And no, I am not still taking them or any other opioid. The last time was last March, (2012). They did what they were supposed to do and got me through a bad herniated disc.But the point is, that big pharmacy Rx label with an Rx number and your name on it. I guess if it were stacked on a pallet that might change things. But chats with aduana, the SSP and others, has convinced me the magic element is that label which of course would have to agree within reason with the quantity of doses inside. Who would write a single Rx in the states for, say, 300 or 400 doses of a schedule 1, Mexican drug? Anyway I wouldn't worry.
Aug 5, 2012 3:17 PM
9like aboves I've never had any problem ... last yr I took 5 months of meds with me just to be sure ... one thing .. If you are used to taking sudafed or the like for colds take it with you. these are not sold in mexico period
Aug 5, 2012 4:07 PM
10OP, a lot of medicines which are prescription in the US, here you walk in, tell them what you want, pay, and walk out. As stated, antibiotics and those drugs which affect your mind are prescription only. My best friend runs a pharmacy.
Last time I needed an antibiotic for a toenail infection, she hollered at her husband, a doctor, and told him to write me a prescription. He did.
Now, I have Manuka honey with me, so don't need prescription antibiotics much.
Aug 6, 2012 4:52 AM
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Aug 12, 2012 11:44 AM
14@5: There's mexican GP doctors that work in pharmacies, but they are being slave served to give medical consult for 2 dollars and the pharmacy puts pressure on them to scam patients to buy 20 different vitamins EACH visit to make profit for the pharmacy chain or else they are fired.
I find it an abuse that the mexican government has done NOTHING to stop pharmacies from prostituting mexican doctors that spend as much as 8 years of the best years of their life studying to become doctors to earn less money than a janitor. To make things more sad, the clerk at most Simi pharmacies who usually don't even have a highschool degree have more job security than the MD's. It's disgusting.
Be good to doctors in Mexico and go to a private physician that will still charge you a modest 15 dollars for the consult but the money goes to them honoring their hard work going to med school for 7 years. Heck, another good option is to go to an SSA clinic and get the prescription written there. They will charge you 6 dollars for the consult and the doctors in most government clinics are paid well with good job security.
If people stopped mexican doctor prostitution by going to the corner Simi-lab, new med school graduates wouldn't have such a hard time earning a living. Mexico is not the US, it's INSANELY HARD to match into a residency because there are very few slots and there's over 25,000 doctors fighting for less than 4000 slots. 70% of doctors will not match and will have to resort earning 400 dollars a month at a Similab with no decent job prospects, no retirement plan, no healthcare, no paid vacation. Pay the 17 bucks and see a private doctor, help the mexican economy.
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