If you’re taking regular medicines, make sure you have enough to last for your whole trip. You should make sure you have enough in case your return is delayed by a couple of days. If you’re going for a long time, check whether you can get the medicines you need in the country you’re going to, as your doctor can normally prescribe only a limited amount.
If a course of medication you’re taking is due to end when you’ll be abroad, speak to your GP before you travel. They may be able to increase your prescription if necessary. If you’re already abroad and run out of supplies, you may be able to register with a local doctor, or buy medicines from a pharmacist. The British embassy or high commission in the country you’re visiting will be able to advise you.
Medicines tend to have at least two names: the name of the drug (its ‘generic’ name) and the name of the brand. For example, the generic drug anastrozole is sold under the brand Arimidex®. Brand names can vary between countries, so it can help to keep a record of generic names.