Several readers have asked me throughout the years about either obtaining or bringing their prescription anti-depressants with them to Kuwait. I didn't know how to answer it, so I got in touch with my favorite psychologist, Dr. Naif Mutawa of Soor Center.
Dr. Naif explained that it all depends on what type of medications you require: Many are considered controlled substances and only available at the Kuwait Psychiatric Hospital. Some are available at the approximately half-dozen or so private clinics. The only time you may find going to the Government psychiatric hospital and opening a file detrimental to you is if you work for (or plan to work for) either the Kuwait Ministry of Interior or Ministry of Defense. As you know, any time you will use a weapon at work, you should be evaluated and this background check will be part of your evaluation.
I have heard (and I could not verify this) that if you attempt to bring in large quantities of prescription controlled substances to Kuwait (with or without a doctor's note/prescription), you may be stopped and a case may be registered. That would make sense as it would happen the same way in many countries. Bringing in a few boxes won't raise any eyebrows.
Opening a file at the Psychiatric Hospital is no big deal. You fill out a form, pay something nominal, and you can see a doctor and get him/her to prescribe something. Most people speak English at the Government hospitals here (and getting someone to go with you isn't difficult. You can often pay an English-speaking taxi driver, for example, to go with you.)
And you will find that medicine prices in Kuwait are MUCH lower than in Western countries. Most prescription drugs are available here (might be with an alternate brand name).
If any readers out there have had experience with this, please let me know.