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Antidepressants in Singapore

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Antidepressants in Singapore

Recent news stories have made me a bit concerned about the issue of travelling with prescription medications, so can anyone help with advice for users of common antidepressants (Sertraline specifically) travelling into Singapore?

I would only need to take around 2 weeks worth of tablets so obviously for personal use, but I am not sure if they come under the heading of "psychotropic medications*. I would have thought they do, but I couldn't see Sertraline on the list of such substances when I looked on the official site.

Can anyone help?

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As long as it does not appear in the First Schedule, you don't need to apply for a licence.

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Its all down to the biochemical class, as thats what gets them on Appendix A from the HSA. If its there, you need a licence and to declare that on arrival. If its prescription only but not Appendix A in Singapore bring a copy of your UK prescription but you dont need to prearrange a licence. Psychotropic is quite specific and doesnt mean everything that potentially affects the mind.

hsa.gov.sg/content/hsa/en/Health_Products_Re… is the page you can link the relevant list from.

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Also....which news stories raised this? If you are talking about the Brit reported as taking Tramadol and Naproxen to Egypt then that's really not the same. While that story raises issues of differences in licensing and permissibility of different drugs in different territories that is important to know, there are many such issues when travelling as to what you have to check you can take in to a foreign country.

Most importantly, that case is not taking for personal use as the stories report that they were taking them in for someone else, and taking excessive quantities (290 pills is months of supply, well about the 3months/90 days that is a common cutoff) - a presumably therefore didn't have the required paperwork for what is a Controlled Drug

Both those issues take it well outside the issues of a normal traveller's worries about Controlled Drugs vs Prescription vs territorial differences in status when carrying medicine that they use themselves and sticking to the requirements for importing such meds.

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