9 Common Medications That Are Banned in Other Countries

9 Common Medications That Are Banned in Other Countries

The daily dose of medication you have today is probably an illegal drug in another country which could land you in great legal trouble. We’re talking about long sustained periods of jail time in another country’s jurisdiction slapped with a fine as well. Be aware of a few medicines taken by you and whether they are legal in other countries to ensure safety.

Vicks and Sudafed

Even common cold medicines such as Vicks and Sudafed which can be easily purchased from the supermarket next to you are banned and illegal to bring into the county of Japan. Their core ingredient consists of pseudoephedrine which is considered illegal and blacklisted.

Codeine and Tramadol

This particular type of pain medication is available throughout the counters across the United States. It is, unfortunately, troubling the moment it crosses its home borders. These controlled drugs need a certified prescription anywhere else and are banned in a few countries. It is blacklisted and forbidden in countries like Japan, Greece, and Saudi Arabia which could even slap you with prison time.


Citizens of the United States when often met with throat itchiness, running nose and other allergy-related symptoms, usually pop few of these capsules before a nap to get better. Even though it works, unfortunately, its prime ingredient, Diphenhydramine is banned in Zambia meanwhile in Japan; it can only be consumed in controlled doses.

Adderall and Ritalin

These medicines used for ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder; rely on heavy critical ingredients of methamphetamines and amphetamines. Countries like Japan and Saudi Arabia have stringent rules and regulations against medicines of these ingredients. So next time you fly to these countries, make sure you carry suitable alternatives.

Ambient and Intermezzo

Sleeping pills are among the favorite and daily meds used in the nation for better sleep. Unfortunately, these sleeping medications contain a prime ingredient called zolpidem. Any medicines carrying such components are stripped and detained from the customs of foreign nations like Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Singapore.

So the next time you decide to fly, check with the foreign countries embassy and their rules and regulations on carrying restricted medicines, what are the alternatives and if unavoidable, what are the necessary documents and medical recognition needed from doctors. Always travel aware and updated about your medications required to tackle your illnesses on foreign soil.