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Question About Prescription Medicine--If Available In Turkey

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Hello, all--I am an American in the process of getting Turkish citizenship. My husband is Turkish. We are hoping to move to Turkey in the fall.I have a question about prescription medicine. Does anyone know how to find out if certain medicines are available in Turkey and/or if they are legal/illegal in Turkey?I have narcolepsy, which is being managed quite nicely by two prescription medications, both of which are popular for illegal use. One is Xyrem, which is sodium oxybate, aka the "date rape drug." The other is Adderall, which is brand name for amphetemine. I'm worried on several fronts about both. 1. Is Xyrem and Adderall available in Turkey? Does anyone know or know how I can find out?2. Are they illegal in Turkey? (Xyrem is illegal in Australia, for instance.) I'm hoping that they are legal and prescribed in Turkey. If they aren't, I don't know what I will do. I am currently "normal" i.e. able to lead a perfectly normal life--work, drive, etc. Without the X-A combination, however, I sleep 17 hours a day, am unemployable, can't drive, etc. Before we go, I need to understand what the situation is and assess how feasible a move is for us.Any help anyone can provide is much appreciated--

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Quinn here is a link that might help you DEAD LINK if the drugs aren't on the list maybe you could email of your husband's relatives with details of drug name and what's in them , that should be listed on the box. They could then ask at their local chemist or they could ask their doctor when they next go and see them.

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Thank you for the link, Abi; it's very useful. Here we are worrying about all kinds of things regarding this move--is my cat too fat to fly in the cabin? how much taxes are taken out of our paychecks?--when it didn't even occur to me to check the one thing that really is a deal breaker. Neither medication is on the list. The Adderall (amphetamine) isn't that important, it's the Xyrem that is crucial. It enables me to get delta (sleep); without it, I sleep and sleep and sleep because I never get delta sleep, and so am always tired. I'm sort of heart-broken right now. Things were progressing very nicely on so many fronts. I think that I was hopeful because last year, as chance would have it, my US sleep doctor was in Istanbul at the same time I was--she was at a conference of sleep specialists there. So I know the specialty is there. And she is a huge proponent of Xyrem because of how it turns patient's lives around. I think I'll make an appointment with her and see if she knows anything about availability in Turkey. It's ironic that one of the things that kind of compelled us to think about Turkey is that we get our insurance through my husband and he will almost certainly be laid off this spring. Without insurance, a month's prescription of Xyrem is around US $4,000. Yes, four THOUSAND dollars. A month. This is America afterall! The best health care you can imagine, if you have insurance or can pay. If not, too bad for you. I don't even have it that bad. It's the stories that regularly make the papers of how people--I remember one particular local story about a kid with asthma--died because the ambulance brings them from one hospital to another to another because the first question they ask you here--even if you are dying--is "what kind of insurance do you have?" and if you don't have it, they refuse to take you! So in light of this, my problem is not that bad. Thanks be to God. Due to a complex set of rules/regulations/reasons, because I am considered "100% disabled" without Xyrem, I will be able to get federal health insurance at little cost, starting in September (don't ask me why September--their rules don't make sense.) So I would then be able to get Xyrem for the $25 a month I now pay. (Yes--either it's $25 if you have insurance or $4,000 if you don't.) Perhaps I could have it sent to one of my relatives' homes here. I plan to visit twice a year--once in the winter and once in the summer. Perhaps I can then pick up a six-month supply at my relatives' home at that time. But then I worry about bringing back a 6-month supply of a drug that in its illegal form is most famous for being used to committ crimes and is not on the list. Could I be arrested? Do you think?Any help or advice that you or anyone else can give would be most appreciated.

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