Saudi Arabia/cipralex


I am moving to yanbu. I take cipralex and clonazepam for GAD. Can I take these meds with me to KSA? Where Can I find a psychiatrist in yanbu to get prescription? Can these meds be easily purchased?


You need to make contact with the health office in whatever agency is helping you with the move.

They need to answer this question for you authoritatively before you get on a plane.

To the best of my knowledge, the local hospital has no psychiatric services.

My opinion, un-medical as it may be, you need to really consider what would happen if you had a major episode here.  Never worked with an adult with GAD, but the kids I've worked with need their meds and need to have pretty regular monitoring of those meds.  I wouldn't trust a doctor here to do that.  You know your condition.  I just think that begin dragged onto a plane and sent home while heavily sedated after a panic attack would not be a good thing.

You hear rumors about people here who had a bit of break, you generally hear about it because that somebody suddenly vanishes.  

I really, really don't want to say anything that makes you think that psychotropic drugs are something you could get here or find someone who could manage their administration.  

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All kinds of issues dealing with children transitioning to Saudi Arabia (specifically Yanbu and Jubail). This is particularly the case if your moving from the US. Can I find special ed. services in Yanbu? How do my child's High School credits transfer from or to an American or Canadian school? What kinds of activities are available either independently our through schools in the Yanbu/Jubail area? What are the schools like in Yanbu and Jubail?


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