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Old Sep 18th 2013, 6:25 am
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Good Morning.

I am starting a job soon in Jubail and was wondering about meds.

1. I take a few diazepam for my flights as i get a bit nervous
2. I take daily medication for anxiety

So i heard your not allowed to bring in medication. So how do i get round this situation. Also if i am working out there how do i get medication when i run out.

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Old Sep 18th 2013, 4:40 pm
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Certain types of medication (such as opiates - codeine etc) are not allowed into Saudi - so it is best to check if your meds are allowed. If that isn't a problem - then I would suggest a letter from your doctor at home (which most travel sites recommend you have on you when travelling anyway).

As for getting them in Saudi - shouldn't be a problem if they are allowed - all medications were available over the counter without a prescription when we were there - otherwise, you should have some medical cover as part of your employment - go to the doctor and ask for them!
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you may need to double the dose for 2. if you've never done Saudi before
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Yup - pretty much as dragonladyoz describes. When I first came out, I brought a load of meds with me - around six weeks supply. Lanzoprozol or something like that - meds to combat stomach acid. Didn't really need it, but wasn't a problem getting it in.

A lot of meds are available over the counter, without a prescription. Your medical insurance - if needed - would be able to prescribe stuff if necessary, so I think you should be ok getting it into the country.

And saudiflares is probably right too. Double the dose.
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So does anyone know if ill get in with Citalopam adn diazepam
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Diazepam and all similar drugs are VERY tightly controlled.
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So does anyone know if ill get in with Citalopam adn diazepam
Citalopam is a close relation to Olazipine and Mirtazapine, and like Diazapam are unwelcome. Are you sure you're cut out for Sordid Arabia?!
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Citalopam is a close relation to Olazipine and Mirtazapine, and like Diazapam are unwelcome. Are you sure you're cut out for Sordid Arabia?!
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why wouldnt i be cut out for it?
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why wouldnt i be cut out for it?
Given what you're taking at the moment, you're stressed out enough as it is. Are you sure you want to face the hassle of awkward Saudi stress?
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Given what you're taking at the moment, you're stressed out enough as it is. Are you sure you want to face the hassle of awkward Saudi stress?
thats the least of my worries mate lol
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If you have mental health "issues" do not go to Saudi Arabia.
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Your stress levels working in KSA with Saudis will skyrocket - if you are already on meds then I would not suggest even setting a toe in the place.
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The reason i am still on them is cos ive never bothered my backside to try to come off them. I have had no issues for over 10 years as i had a couple of panic attacks and the doctor put me on them. So i wouldnt say i have mental issues as thats a bit harsh muhahahahahahaha
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Can you please explain why i shouldnt set foot in KSA then.

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