I just found out today that hydrocodone is not permitted in the UK. Dihydrocodeine is what they use apparently.
I travel there regularly and use hydro-with-aceta for back pain. I usually carry about ten tablets with me every trip, always in hand luggage, always in the prescription container, and almost always carrying the detailed prescription paperwork with me too. I've never had any issues but that said, on the odd occasion I've had a random extra search of my stuff no one has ever pulled out the plainly-visible-and-not-remotely-hidden-away meds.
But if I understand this correctly (it's from Wikipedia, so it may be wrong), I may be breaking a fairly serious law in carrying these legal-in-the-US meds.
A quick read around the subject suggests that one way to deal with this is to write to the UK government at least two weeks in advance so as to obtain a "license" to carry UK Class A drugs. But really? A letter every time I want to travel to another western democracy carrying ten vicodin?? Surely not?
Has anyone else bumped into this issue? How do you handle it?