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Travelling with your meds

hotcoffee29hhotcoffee29 Posts: 327
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:45 AM in Pain Medications
Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the summer.

I am doing well and slowly recovering from my surgeries, I am flying overseas in a few days and have my prescriptions with me. I have demerol and xanax, how do you travel with these? Should I have them in my hand luggage or pack them in my suitcase? I am not sure about this as I have never travelled with these type of meds before.

Just wondered if any of my "friends" here could give me last minute advice for my trip.



  • Myself I would carry them to where I could get to them as quick as I can. Just in case I need them before the plane land.

  • Howdy HotCoffee,

    Take your medications in their original bottles with the prescription (and I carry the 'extra' prescription label/receipt in my wallet) with you in your carry on. Aside from the chances of your luggage getting lost, people steal from our luggage as well. I've NEVER had a problem with security and formally working for the government, I flew around 50 times a year! Have a great trip!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • I dont know the laws, but with you going to a different country you might want to check with the airlines, or at least look at their website and see what they say about it.

    at least find out so you dont get a surprise at the boarding gates.

    my best to you.
  • brenda answered your question.

    she can type faster then me. lol

    i still peck at the keyboard. :W
  • hey guys, thx for everything...........your both great!!!!

    I sure don't want any surprises at boarding and can't have my meds taken away from me and I will need them while I travel.

    Thank you Brenda, you have helped answer my questions. I leave on Thursday, so packing my suitcase tomorrow :-)

    Thanks for the replies,
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  • It's no problem. Here's the TSA link that explains everything. http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/editorial_1059.shtm

    Always have them with you in carry on as the others have said, because you don't want to loose them to theft or baggage loss.

    Also I recommend a small note pad that you annotate your medication schedule on. Since you will be transitioning through several time zones, this is the best way I've found to keep from missing a dose or taking too much. If you have a watch capable of dual time zones, always leave one on your home zone and use that as a reference for your medication schedule.

  • I would definately keep them with you. It wouldn't suprise me if they got stolen and that would be bad. Like Brenda said keep them in their original bottles. Enjoy your trip!!
  • You're very welcome. :) The countries outside of the US I've gone to with meds - Mexico, Canada, Panama, Bahamas, Colombia, Aruba and Brazil. Never an inch of trouble. Have a great trip!!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
    This is yes/no answer.
    I have carried a lot of medications over the past 30 years. I carry all my medications in a small pill box container (enough for 2 days). I have never been challenged at international airports (England,France and Italy)

    I did have a problem coming into Bermuda. But then again, that was in the 70's, and I had very long hair!

    But I think to play it safe, you should carry a copy of all the prescriptions you are taking and their dates (ie cancel date)

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • I've never had any problems travelling with my medications, but I keep my prescription info handy, just in case.

    I'm having visions of Ron with very long hair (and possibly tie-dye and flares?) going through a Bermudan airport in the 70s... far out, man ;-)
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