Are the drugs against influenza, that contains pseudoephedrine, legal in Georgia? Can I put them into my travel first-aid kit when traveling by plane?

This drugs have worked very well for me when I've caught influenza in mountains, but I know that pseudoephedrine has effects similar to amphetamine and therefore can be treated as narcotic in some countries...

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    It's not so much that it has effects similar to amphetamines, as it is that Pseudo is a key ingredient in the manufacture of Methamphetamine. Aug 21, 2012 at 11:58
  • It's not a narcotic (painkillers are) but it is restricted to buy it. I am not aware of anywhere that objects to you owning or carrying it. You may find it easier to buy with acetominophen/paracetamol (tylenol) already in it - this is sold with much less restriction because it can't be made into meth. Also see news.yahoo.com/… for a non-serious tip on getting pseudoephedrine when you need it Aug 21, 2012 at 12:40
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    btw. pseudoephedrine is not "anti-influenza" drug, it's a decongestant used in treatment for common cold and most in anti-allergic medicines. And unless you're planning to pack 100 packages, it won't even look remotely suspicious.
    – vartec
    Nov 7, 2012 at 11:16
  • My preferred decongestants containe pseudoephedrine so when I caught a cold in Georgia and still needed to function, I tried to buy some. The pharmacist looked a bit shocked and said "but that's a narcotic". So you definitely can't buy it there - whether you can take your own with you I would say officially probably not but Georgian customs is a breeze for tourists. Dec 16, 2012 at 7:35

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Unfortunately, can't find any official information in English or Russian.
All I can say:

  1. According the customs rules you are not allowed to import any narcotics and medical drugs containing narcotics.
  2. Here (link is in Russian) is information about arrests for the holding Guaifenesin+Pseudoephedrine drugs, and it is definitely because of Pseudoephedrine. So this type of drugs definitely has some serious restrictions in Georgia.

Some forums are saying that you can import such drugs if you have a receipt from your doctor, but I can't guarantee that this is true information.

So, if I were you, I wouldn't take such drugs for the trip.

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