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uc/diabetes girl
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   Posted 2/2/2008 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Greetings:
What a wonderful resource this is. I am new to the forum but not to UC -- I've had it for over 30 years. At anyrate, I am in the middle of a flare after being in pretty good remission for 3 or so years. I am traveling to Israel and want to know if anyone has experience taking rowasa enemas through security? I would just pack in my checked luggage but if something happens to them I am sunk!!

thanks
 
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kb5
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   Posted 2/2/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I have always packed mine in checked luggage. I don't think you will have a problem if you have a note from your doctor and your prescription. If they hassle you ask them to hold them up front and you can get them on your way off the plane.

I'd also call the airline to check.

good luck!
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, 15 mg pred, down to 10 mg 1/11/08!
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07--bumped to 125 11/14/07...
Taken off of Imuran temporarily 1/11/08-back on 1/16/08
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea


gaff
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   Posted 2/2/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I leave the bottles in the plastic holder that comes in the box and then put that in a ziplock bag with the printed RX label that is on the outside of the box (the one with your name and the name of the RX...).  I've never had trouble.

gaff
left-sided UC since 11/05
 Rowasa, Colazal, Calcium, Centrum
Natren Healthy Trinity Probiotics


gaff
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   Posted 2/2/2008 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I forgot to tell you to put it in your CHECKED luggage.
gaff
left-sided UC since 11/05
 Rowasa, Colazal, Calcium, Centrum
Natren Healthy Trinity Probiotics


FitzyK23
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   Posted 2/2/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't use them so I feel like I am a bit hypocritical chiming in but I am a firm believer that ALL medicines should go in the carry on. That being said, you are going to have to declare them and have them inspected that way. I would call your local airport and ask what the procedure is to have a private bag checking. I flew last month and saw two people ask if they could declare their medication in private. It will slow your trip through security but may lessen your embarassment. On the other hand, if you have had UC for years and don't care who knows it, just put them in your carry on and declare them as you go through. Those around you will hear but unless you are questioned you can just say "these are prescribed medications" which w/ your valid rx label will make them exempt from the ounces rule. At that point if they ask you any further questions just say "can we talk about this privately"...
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 


Old Hat
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   Posted 2/2/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Generic Rowasa has been manufactured in Israel for the past few yrs & shipped to the U.S. Several of us posting on this site have found it in our package when we picked up our prescriptions/refills at the pharmacy. That should help you to rest easier about your trip-- Israel has mesalamine, too. Bon voyage! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

uc/diabetes girl
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   Posted 3/4/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to all who replied. I took all of your advise -- I packed some, checked some, got a letter from my doctor listing all of my meds, I also put the enemas in a clear bag with the rx label included AND i alerted the tsa agent that I had liquid medicine -- the up shot I sailed through the check.

bluepurl
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   Posted 3/4/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for letting us know how it went! great news, and this is great advice
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