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Is prescription hydrocodone illegal in Italy?

We head to Italy at the end of this week and due to a foot injury, I was given a prescription for Hydrocodone for pain. While I will most likely use just Tylenol unless there is a re-injury or substantial pain, I would like to take the prescription with me in it's original bottle.

Is this a banned drug that would get me into trouble even if it was a prescription?

Posted by
6810 posts

No not illegal, just highly controlled, like here.

Yes, take it in it's original container, with the prescription label, and consider only taking what you think you might need.

Posted by
7786 posts

My wife's on hydrocodone for a broken leg. If you've been prescribed it, take it. Those with injuries need to keep a "level" of meds when they are hurt--whether or not the pain level is high at the time.

Previous to the broken leg, my wife had back surgery. In the last year, we've traveled 2x to Europe and Las Vegas. She has a Luggie power scooter with a fold down seat that she rides right up to the door of the airplane. And the scooter has allowed her to travel when she otherwise couldn't make it thru an airport even. It runs faster than I can walk and has a 10 mile range between charges.

Posted by
2713 posts

Perhaps also bring the printout of the prescription from the drugstore with you.
I don't know about your drugstores, but ours here give you a printout when you pick up your meds.
On it is your name, the doctor's name, the drugstore info, the drug, and the price.
I hope your foot is healing up well for your trip!

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Custom and Border Patrol:

Traveling with Medication
Date Published 12/28/2021 12:13 PM

Prescription medications should be in their original containers with the doctor's prescription printed on the container. It is advised that you travel with no more than personal use quantities, a rule of thumb is no more than a 90-day supply. If your medications or devices are not in their original containers, you must have a copy of your prescription with you or a letter from your doctor. A valid prescription or doctors note is required on all medication entering the United States.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for pharmaceutical admissibility determinations. If you have any questions as to whether a specific pharmaceutical may be imported into the United States, visit the FDA's website, or call (301) 796-0356.
If you are traveling with medication and have questions about the airport checkpoint screening process, and other special circumstances, you may call the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), 72 hours prior at (855) 787-2227 on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET and weekends/holidays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

To learn what to expect on your next flight, view the video TSA Cares: Traveling with Medication | Transportation Security Administration.
For additional information about traveling with medication, visit FDA's web page on 5 Tips for Traveling to the U.S with Medications.