travel to the US with all our meds....

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Ginny
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   Posted 1/10/2008 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
This is sort of in line with the other thread, "travelling with sjogren's".  I haven't made a trip via air since my diagnosis in 2000!  Hubby and I are travelling to L.A. in February, and I need to know if any other Canadians have had trouble with their medications being in their carry on luggage?  Did you get "grilled" by security/customs?  My tupperware container looks like a small pharmacy.  Should I get a letter from my doctor?  Any advice from anyone would be grately appreciated.  The trip is coming soon, and I kind of forgot about this.
 
Thanks!!
Ginny tongue
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 1/10/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ginny . . . I think everything needs to be in original, labeled containers. Which is a drag because its so bulky. I would think, though, that they'd allow you to carry several days' pills in a pill sorter in your purse. I think you need to check with the specific airline you are using . . . as some of these details may be different from one to another. But what a great question. Tell the checker that you are providing a med buffet for the entire flight crew!!

Blessings!

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Ginny
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   Posted 1/10/2008 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hahahahaha, Rosie, telling the security dude that might get me detained for many hours in a small, starckly decorated room with massive fluorescent lights beaming down on me. scool OH, and another security dude just itching for me to throw a fit so he can taser me... Sounds like a great way to start my vacation, HA!
 
Okay, kidding aside.  I will call Air Canada and see what they say.  I'm also wondering if calling the Calgary airport authority would be a good idea too.  I think I'll start with them.  Because the airlines really have no clout when it comes to customs and security.
 
Thanks for the advice!!!
 
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/10/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I have traveled from US to/from Ecuador with all my meds, plus various air trips in the US. I carry them sorted (not in original containers), but also carry the label from the prescription bottles with me. (In US we get the labeled container plus another label as part of the receipt.)

I have never been stopped or questioned - I have the meds in carry on (in case checked baggage gets delayed).

Of course, that doesn't at all address Canadian customs!

Have a good trip,

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Ginny
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   Posted 1/10/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Lynnwood!  We're pretty excited about this getaway. We haven't flown together - ever!  So we're plane-virgins, hehe....
 
I found out that I need to have all my meds in their original containers with the prescription labels on the bottles. I also need a letter from my doctor explaining each medication and their use.  What a chore.  I'm sure I'll get charged a fee for that monster letter.  So I guess I won't be putting my meds into their individual daily pill boxes until I get to the hotel.  Good grief, I can't believe I have to haul out this tupperware box in front of everyone in line at security.  How embarrassing......
 
So those are the rules for Canadians going to the US.  If anyone else needs to know!
 
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/10/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
US probably has the same rules, but in practice? Who knows. Better to be safe than sorry, I guess.

We'll all let you do this test trip for us!!!

Although I have to admit, I'd be tempted to put 2 days worth in my purse and the rest in checked luggage rather than carry all the bottles in a carry on!

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applesk82
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   Posted 1/10/2008 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
when i travelled from georgia to illinois, i had them in my pill sorters and in their own bag so i could take them out if i needed to, i also had a list of what i had, how many pills of each med, and what they were for along with the names, specialty and numbers of the docs that prescribed them. once i got to security i took the little bag out and put all my stuff in a bin and went through the metal detector and they never said anything about my pills and they saw them on the monitor when they x-rayed my stuff so for me it was a breeze and it was an international airport. that was my experience with traveling with my personal pharmacy. ginny, you could probably get away with putting one pill in the orginal container and keeping the rest in the daily sorters, so atleast they know what the pills look like and they you are still following what the airport rules are. just make sure that you check with the airport and see what their rules are about it. have fun on your vacation.
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 1/10/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Ginny!! What a treat!! YES! I remember hubby and I taking our first flight together just a few years ago. We'll be married 30 years soon . . . but we never had the opportunity to fly together. YES! it was fun!!

Have a blast!!

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FW
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   Posted 1/10/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ginny,
First off - have a great trip!
In the last two years I have flown from OH to CA (once) and from OH to HA (once). Both times I carried all my meds on board as carry-on b/c I couldn't risk the airlines losing them! That included empty syringes and a bottle of epinephrine. I made sure that everything was in the original container (with the prescription information labeled clearly), and everything was in clear plastic bags. I also carried a note from my doctor stating the need to carry the meds on my person. At the security check point, I removed the plastic bags from my carry on and laid them separately in the plastic tray. That way security personnel could see them clearly without having to actually look in my bag. I had no problem either trip.
Hope you have a lot of fun on your getaway!
Fran
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Bsime
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   Posted 1/10/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Ginny,
 
you should not have any problems.  Go to the airline web site and you will find the regs.  Generally, your meds should be in their pharmacy containers and carried in quart sized zip lock bags.  I take lots and have no problems with them in my carry on. 
 
here is the TSA site with the specifics.  They are a little vague about meds but any prescriptions in their pharmacy containers are OK.  Never been questioned and I have enough for a small pharmacy.
 
Bill
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Ginny
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   Posted 1/11/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone!  Yes, we need this holiday very badly.
 
Lynnwood, I'll be the guinea pig for everyone and report back how it went! 
 
I'm glad that everyone hasn't had any problems.  It's a little different flying cross-border.  Within Canada I've been fine too.  Just not sure about the new rules.... And there are many. OY!!!
 
Ginny
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

33 years old. Diagnosed with lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke),Sjogren's, Raynaud's, seizure disorder-(miraclulously disappeared!), Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck) . Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, didrocal, monopril, calcium, Cykolokapron, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


BumbleBee1
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   Posted 1/12/2008 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Hello
You should have a letter from your doctor/s with their contact details, saying what your diagnoses are, what medications you are on, allergies  and any special considerations. That's as much for use in an emergency as for customs and security.
 
I have travelled transatlantic many times with no problem not even a questioning. I have no liquid medicines and nothing like syringes and no scheduled drugs. That advice goes for everybody regardless of nationality !
It depends on the quantity of meds involved but I have always taken a week's supply in carry on reckoning that if my suitcase was lost the most time it was likely to take to get it back was a week. However I am not dependent on any of my meds and don't have to take any regularly.
I would take all of any absolute essentials in hand baggage.
Some are now allowing two items hand baggage. Unfortunately an airline policy is not always consistent at each airport. I have had a weight limitation applied  at departure point on way out, that wasn't any concern to the same airline on the return trip, where check in didn't bother about either weight or size of hand baggage.
 
You should also have a note in your purse or wallet in case of emergency with medications and diagnoses and allergies.
 
Check whether hold baggage should be left unlocked. You can do that at check in. It's no joke having a case ripped open and unusable even if the airline will replace it.
 
Good luck
 
Bee

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   Posted 1/12/2008 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
 PS
 
I advise against making any jokes about anything.
 
Bee

phndoc
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   Posted 1/13/2008 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I keep all my meds in a backpack. I take it everywhere I go. That way when I go to the doctors I have it or if I have to travel I still have it. It's just easier for me.

Enjoy yourself
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redrose77
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   Posted 1/13/2008 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
When I traveled from MI to WI I had to take all my original bottles but no letter- the pharmacy print out was enough with the letter my doctor provided saying I have lupus which I got as a just in case kind of thing a long time ago, too bad I lost it because I will be making that trip again this summer.
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