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Information regarding ADHD and medication in Zurich


I am a current university student who will be studying abroad for a year in Zurich. I have been diagnosed with ADHD in the United States and have a current prescription for vyvance. I have talked to my school and personal pharmacy about obtaining medication in Switzerland. They don't seem to know much on the topic and I am hoping that maybe someone living in Switzerland could help me obtain some information. Here are some questions...any help is appreciated!

1.) What forms of ADHD medication are available for diagnosed ADHD patients in Switzerland?

2.) Am I allowed to bring more than a month's supply of medication into Switzerland?

3.) Are there any international pharmacies that carry Vyvance? What documentation will I need? (Prescription, Testing Results, Doctors Note, etc?)

Any additional information would help. Thank you!
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Re: Information regarding ADHD and medication in Zurich

It looks to be new in Switzerland. You need to visit a doctor here before you will get a prescription.
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Old 03.06.2012, 10:49
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Will you be covered under Swiss or US insurance? If it's US, then your best bet is to see how many months you can bring with you, and do that accompanied by a letter from your doctor. sending via mail could be tricky, but you might have a look at the swissmedic site and see if you can talk to someone there about what you have to do to import your meds. Swissmedic regulates medicines and medical devices.

Here's a link that may help, perhaps contacting these people will give you some further information. The site suggests a monthly prescription, but I don't know if that's feasible.


If it's Swiss insurance, you will need to establish a contact here. For example the psychiatry department at the zurich university hospital. Perhaps your physician could call the department for you, after you locate a contact willing to help.

I think the best communication will be doctor to doctor, if you can arrange it, and maybe swissmedic has some suggestions.

I would get a copy of your pertinent results and a simple letter from a US doctor ready to fax or email.

Good luck. Please let us know how it works out, we get questions like this from time to time.
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