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Health Recommendations

Nurse Wagner
Cathy Wagner, R.N

Nurse’s Recommendations for Students on the UNO Innsbruck program:

  • U.S. prescription medicines CANNOT be refilled in Austria or elsewhere in Europe.  If you take one or more of the medications listed below, or a derivative, please bring enough of your medication - or extra in case of damage or loss - to last for your entire time in Europe.  These medications can also NOT be sent in the mail as they would very likely be confiscated in customs. Specific medications are as follows :

Microgestin                       Vyvanse                                              Beyaz                              Lexapro  
Loestrin                             Finasteride                                         Adderall                         Flurazepan
Remeron                           Dexmethylphenide                        Generess                         Minastrin
Intuniv                                 Prozac                                                 Reclipsen                     Trazadone
Concerta                            Omeprazole                                      Celexa                            Asthma inhalers
Migraine medications
Or any other medications that require a prescription

  • To be able to bring enough medicine for 6 weeks (or longer), ask your insurance for a “vacation override” to be able to fill more than one prescription at once.
  • Always bring prescription medication in your carry-on luggage.
  • Do not have prescription drugs sent to you. They will be held up in customs and may be confiscated.
  • Bring the following U.S. drugstore items:
    • Cough Syrup
    • Headache and general pain medication
    • Cold and flu medications
    • Multivitamins
    • Band-Aids
    • Imodium
    • Antacid tablets
    • Analgesics
    • Nasal decongestants and Sinus medications
    • Antibiotic cream
    • Cough drops and sore throat lozenges
  • If you are a diabetic on insulin, please bring an extra pump or extra injectables in case of breakage or loss.
  • Talk to your family doctor about getting a prescription for – and bringing - a broad-spectrum antibiotic.
  • If you frequently get strep throat or bronchitis, pink eye, or migraines, please bring the medicines you usually take for these problems.
  • The nurse does not have medications to dispense.
  • The nurse cannot administer shots of any kind.
  • Pepcid, Prilosec, Tums, and Benadryl are nearly impossible to get in most European countries.
  • Pain medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen is rather expensive in Europe.
  • Bring any over-the counter medication you are used to taking, especially cold medicine.  Many students develop a cold at some point during the program and you will feel better more quickly if you can take the medicine you are used to.
  • Local Austrian pharmacies may not have the brand you are familiar with.
  • Innsbruck is in a valley, surrounded by the Alps.  The weather can change quickly so bring a warm jacket and rain gear, preferably something with a hood. Air conditioning is rare, so bring clothing for hot days and for travel to southern countries.
  • Water shoes ……beware of sea urchins and their spines especially if you are planning a trip to the beaches in Croatia.
  • Every student is covered by the Study Abroad Insurance Plan provided through the program, BUT if you go to the hospital or see a doctor in Austria or any other European country, you must pay the bill first, and then submit the receipt for reimbursement to the  insurance provider T.W.Lord.  Make sure to keep all bills and documentation!
  • If you go to a doctor in Innsbruck, the cost is approximately 30-50 Euros to see a private doctor. There are clinics available at the hospital, but there is usually a waiting process. There is an emergency room that is open 24 hours a day.

Tips to help you prevent and overcome JETLAG:

  • Get a good night’s sleep for several nights before your departure. Go to bed a little earlier and get up a little earlier than usual to help prepare your internal clock for the time change.
  • The time change between CST and CET is 7 hours+. Set your watch when you arrive in Europe.
  • Drink lots of water on the plane. Buy a big bottle of water after you get through security. Drink 2-3 liters of water on a travel day. Avoid caffeine.
  • On arrival day, do not take a nap. Exercise and natural light help overcome jetlag. Enjoy the fresh mountain air in Innsbruck by taking a stroll through Old Town or a jog along the Inn river.
  • Power through the day and go to sleep at about 10:00 pm.
  • Don’t drink alcohol! Re-hydrate from the long flight with lots of water.

Safety Recommendations

  • All students travelling abroad are encouraged to complete the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), an initiative by the U.S. Department of State: The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.  STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. 
  • Students are also encouraged to review the State Department's recommendations for people travelling abroad.






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