Asthma medicine in Asia: are there restrictions on import, and is it easily purchased?
January 23, 2011 10:04 AM Subscribe
I take Clenil Modulite (Beclometasone dipropionate, a daily steroid) and Ventolin (Salbutamol, as needed) for my asthma, in inhaler form.
I'm visiting Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia in the course of a backpacking trip starting next month. I want to take these medicines with me, but am finding it hard to find info about restricted drugs in these countries. Can you help?
posted by Kirn to travel & transportation (5 answers total)
I have taken these medicines into Japan before, though I took a doctor's letter stating that I had been prescribed them as this was advised for Japan. (I still have the letter.)
Can anyone point me to anything useful on the subject (or provide personal knowledge)? I'm more concerned about Clenil Modulite as it's a steroid, and because (if it is difficult to source in Asia) I would want to take 3 inhalers of it.
Also, how readily available are these medicines to purchase? Ventolin is apparently readily available in Bangkok so I'm guessing it would be available in most major Asian cities... what about the steroid?
Your help would be much appreciated!