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Sending medicines by post?

Is it allowed to send small quantities of medicines (painkillers) for private use from CH to Germany by post?
I use painkillers which require a prescription but don't want to go the doctor for now due to Covid 19. I know someone in CH who could post them to me so that is why I am asking.
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Old 25.04.2021, 16:39
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Re: Sending medicines by post?

If the package gets opened you can get into trouble with the German Zoll for importing medication. Especially if it is a prescription medicine in Germany as well.

No idea though if they check regular mail so it could work technically.
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Can that someone cross the border and mail them from there ... Quicker and safer.
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Old 25.04.2021, 17:20
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Is it allowed to send small quantities of medicines (painkillers) for private use from CH to Germany by post?
I use painkillers which require a prescription but don't want to go the doctor for now due to Covid 19. I know someone in CH who could post them to me so that is why I am asking.
Assuming you have a prescription, you can go to a Chemist in Germany, probably cheaper than buying in CH to boot.
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Re: Sending medicines by post?

A Swiss prescription can also be used in a German pharmacy. Just get your doctor to send you one instead of faffing about sending prescription medication across the border and risking a stern telling off.
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Re: Sending medicines by post?

It depends on the painkiller- they don't all have the same status.

Tramadol is an opiate and is (and should be as it is highly addictive) regulated.
So sending Paracetamol by post is no problem, even Naproxen which is much stronger- but any opiates could be a problem.
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Old 25.04.2021, 19:46
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It depends on the painkiller- they don't all have the same status.

Tramadol is an opiate and is (and should be as it is highly addictive) regulated.
So sending Paracetamol by post is no problem, even Naproxen which is much stronger- but any opiates could be a problem.
Tramadol is given out like smarties in both France & Switzerland, in Malta you get given Paracetamol instead. (OK in France the suggest the 2 together) I would avoid taking it personal based on personal experience of it.

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Re: Sending medicines by post?

Sorry, can't understand your last sentence???

Not my experience at all re Tramadol given like sweeties here. After both knee replacements, I had Tramadol for 2 days, then Paracetamol only.

It is an opiate, highly addictive - and could lead to trouble is sent by post. Even France has changed the law re Tramadol prescribing since April 2020.
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Old 25.04.2021, 21:42
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Sorry, can't understand your last sentence???
'base don' should have read 'based on'

50mg every 6 hours 15 days
100mg morning & evening 15 days

This was after 10 days in hospital

The morphine is on the separate prescription !
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Old 25.04.2021, 21:59
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Tramadol is given out like smarties in both France & Switzerland, in Malta you get given Paracetamol instead. (OK in France the suggest the 2 together) I would avoid taking it personal based on personal experience of it.
That would surprise me about CH. Even after I had a C-section, all I was given was Dafalgan after the first day.

I guess one of the reasons Tramadol is so extremely addictive is because, apart from being an opiate, it also has anti-depressant effects, which makes it even more addicting that normal opiates. I only know this because a few years ago, I developed costochondritis (inflammed tissue between the ribs) due to coughing so hard from bronchitis. It was extremely painful. They first diagnosed it as a broken rib and the ER doc gave me a script for 10 Tramadol tablets. Before taking any, I came home and researched it a bit online and learned how extremely addictive it is and chose not to take it.

Anyways... To the OP: One thing you could try is to ask a worker at an Apotheke here. Maybe they would have a good idea of what the laws are, or even someone at the Post office. But it sounds like you might want to have your script filled there in Germany, if possible.
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Old 25.04.2021, 22:11
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That would surprise me about CH. Even after I had a C-section, all I was given was Dafalgan after the first day.

I guess one of the reasons Tramadol is so extremely addictive is because, apart from being an opiate, it also has anti-depressant effects, which makes it even more addicting that normal opiates. I only know this because a few years ago, I developed costochondritis (inflammed tissue between the ribs) due to coughing so hard from bronchitis. It was extremely painful. They first diagnosed it as a broken rib and the ER doc gave me a script for 10 Tramadol tablets. Before taking any, I came home and researched it a bit online and learned how extremely addictive it is and chose not to take it.

Anyways... To the OP: One thing you could try is to ask a worker at an Apotheke here. Maybe they would have a good idea of what the laws are, or even someone at the Post office. But it sounds like you might want to have your script filled there in Germany, if possible.
I had tramadol + paracetamol after a kidney stone in C.H. In Malta just paracetamol CT scan was very much quicker in Malta even through I was the only person at A&E at HUG Geneva at 5.00 am
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Is it allowed to send small quantities of medicines (painkillers) for private use from CH to Germany by post?
I use painkillers which require a prescription but don't want to go the doctor for now due to Covid 19. I know someone in CH who could post them to me so that is why I am asking.
Hmm... doubt it. If it was opened there might be issues on both sides. Why your friend was obtaining prescription drugs and exporting them... and why you were importing prescription drugs.

Better if they could slip over the border somewhere and toss them in a German post box.
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Assuming you have a prescription, you can go to a Chemist in Germany, probably cheaper than buying in CH to boot.
I donīt have a prescription now as I donīt want to go to the doctor due to the risk of getting Corona in a waiting room full of sick people.

Ecofenac is what I am talking about.

My friend can send it from France but lives too far from the German border.
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Old 26.04.2021, 09:37
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I donīt have a prescription now as I donīt want to go to the doctor due to the risk of getting Corona in a waiting room full of sick people.

Ecofenac is what I am talking about.

My friend can send it from France but lives too far from the German border.
There‘s always a risk, I guess, but I’ve been to my doctor a few times and there are very few people there....I think the doctors‘ offices are fairly careful, requiring masking, hand sanitizing and etc.
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I donīt have a prescription now as I donīt want to go to the doctor due to the risk of getting Corona in a waiting room full of sick people.

Ecofenac is what I am talking about.

My friend can send it from France but lives too far from the German border.
I’d suggest you give the doctor a call and see what they say. It’s easy get repeat prescriptions these days because they don’t want you coming into the office either unless it is absolutely necessary.

On the other hand it is probably the safest time to go to the doctors. Everyone is being super careful these days. I have had to go twice and it is very regulated. I was told exactly when to arrive, the door I was to come in by etc and warned if I was late not to bother coming! The first time there was no one in the waiting room and the second time there was two of us and the nurse put us sitting at opposite corners of the room.
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I donīt have a prescription now as I donīt want to go to the doctor due to the risk of getting Corona in a waiting room full of sick people.

Ecofenac is what I am talking about.

My friend can send it from France but lives too far from the German border.
Surely you can do Tele-med
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Surely you can do Tele-med
I’m not sure if tele-med exists in Germany which is where the OP appears to be.

It seems to me that by far the easiest solution would be to contact a doctor in Germany and ask about getting a prescription there.
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I’m not sure if tele-med exists in Germany which is where the OP appears to be.

It seems to me that by far the easiest solution would be to contact a doctor in Germany and ask about getting a prescription there.
I used Ecofenac for a number of years in CH. I brought some with me when I came to DE but my supply has ran out. I have gotten Ibuprofen here but either my arthritis is getting worse or Ibuprofen is not as effective as Ecofenac or both.

Anyway, Ecofenac gave me better pain relief than Ibuprofen so rather than going to a doctor here (which I want to avoid) I prefer the easier solution of getting Ecofenac from CH.
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Tramadol is given out like smarties in both France & Switzerland, in Malta you get given Paracetamol instead. (OK in France the suggest the 2 together) I would avoid taking it personal based on personal experience of it.
I used to take it due to very strong pain that would occasionally come on (I suffered nerve damage years ago due to a slipped disk). I just asked my doctor for a prescription of it, and why, and he prescribed it quite happily.

Worked very well. But the last time I took it, I felt a wave of euphoria spread over my body - and never took it again. I found other ways to manage the pain - I don't get it all now, thankfully.
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I used to take it due to very strong pain that would occasionally come on (I suffered nerve damage years ago due to a slipped disk).
That is exactly my case. Any tips you can give on managing the pain are much appreciated.

My pain had almost disappeared for a few years but is now back with a vengeance
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