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Can I bring Levothyroxine and vitamins without prescription?

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Can I bring Levothyroxine and vitamins without prescription?

Hello, I take Levothyroxine daily for an under-active thyroid. I have read on a few websites that I need a prescription or letter for my doctor to bring them into Dubai? Is this the case?

I am also 8 weeks pregnant and taking a pregnancy multi vitamin, do I also need a prescription for this too? We are travelling from the UK. Thanks for your help in advance!

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1. Re: Can I bring Levothyroxine and vitamins without prescription?

From experience, the vitamins would not be a problem. We take them with us every time we go and have never had a problem.

Not sure about the Levothyroxine though. I take this too, but have it on a prescription and never have a problem taking it into Dubai.

Do you not have a prescription for this as I thought you could not get it over the counter in UK.

It is only the really strong medication that they have a problem with, but if you have a prescription or Doctors note for them they seem to be a bit more lenient.

Hope that helps

Mexico City, Mexico
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2. Re: Can I bring Levothyroxine and vitamins without prescription?


Levothyroxine unfortunately is a medication that a very large number of people take around the world. Many countries INCLUDING the UAE sells levothyroxine over the counter without a prescription.

If you have paperwork from your physician documenting your condition or the paperwork from the actual purchase of your meds, just bring them with you for just in case you run across an over zealous security member.

I've bought lots of vitamins and meds into Dubai and not one time they ever looked at them.

But, I can confirm Dubai pharmacies sell a variety of medications and misc solutionss that don't require a prescription like it might in other countries.

I take levothyroxine too and you can get it in Dubai. I've asked before while I was there at the pharmacy called LIFE. It's cheap without any insurance or prescription. Just as cheap as it down here in Mexico.

Maybe this will help somebody else that might run out of their medication and save them from thinking they will have to go see a doctor in Dubai to get their meds.

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