legal and illegal drugs

By EmmaS

I see someone just posted the question is "is codeine illegal in Qatar", I had no idea it was. Just wondering what other common OTC drugs from the west are illegal, and is it that they're illegal or just prescription only.

Are there any issues with bringing birth control pills, health supplements, antibiotics etc in. Sorry if that sounds naive but don't want to suddenly find myself in a sticky situation at the airport. Panadeine, and Tempazam are generally part of my first aid kit when I travel.


Note, this question isn't about recreational drugs. :o)

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By MissX• 8 years 9 months ago.
Rating: 5/5

Here is an excerpt of a site that gives you instructions about medication when moving to Qatar.

Many medicines are available from pharmacies without prescription, including some that require a prescription in most western countries (although antibiotics can no longer be bought over the counter). On the other hand, some medicines that can be bought without prescription in other countries require one in Qatar and you should check with a doctor. Most pharmacies also carry non-medical items, such as cosmetics and perfumes, but costs are likely to be higher than at other shops. General medicines, such as painkillers, cough medicine and eye drops, are widely available in supermarkets and larger stores.

Note, however, that Health Ministry in Qatar has banned the use of tranquillisers, anti-depressants and in some instances sleeping pills, except for extreme cases associated with certain types of mental illness. (Ministers have seen the problems caused by their overuse in the west.) If you’re dependent on any of these medicines and carry them with you, you must ensure that you’re also carrying the doctor’s prescription and preferably a letter from your doctor confirming that you need them. You’re most unlikely to be able to obtain new supplies when in Qatar, so have enough for your requirements, but not so many that you could be suspected of carrying drugs for sale.

If you take a medicine on a regular basis, make sure that you know the content name and formula, not just the brand name, as many brand names vary from country to country and between manufacturers. You might have to renew your prescription from a local doctor, as many pharmacists aren’t authorised to accept foreign prescriptions.

By fubar• 8 years 9 months ago.
Rating: 4/5

I just find it odd that you can get things like Tamiflu here without prescription, and buy Ibuprofen in 600mg tablets no problem, but something like codeine is unavailable.

Paracetamol toxicity is the foremost cause of acute liver failure in the Western world, and accounts for most drug overdoses in the United States, yet you can get it right off the shelf.

Strange, non?

By anonymous• 8 years 9 months ago.

be fine.




I refuse to drink the kool-aid! -- PM

By anonymous• 8 years 9 months ago.
Rating: 5/5

It's a scheduled narcotic that requires prescription. It is essentially unavailable here and would be illegal, except if you bring it in with a doctor's prescription.




I refuse to drink the kool-aid! -- PM

By oowiwi• 8 years 9 months ago.

i agree with johnpur

By anonymous• 8 years 9 months ago.

Leave all that chemicals behind,

again herbal medicine is the best:

1/2 tbspn. sarsa ni mang tomas - 2x daily

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