Traveling with your meds

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KDgirl26
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   Posted 6/28/2008 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone,
 
I hope everyone's doing well. I've been doing great for the past few months, but some anxiety has come over me as I am about to go on a trip to Philadelphia/New York with my boyfriend. This doesn't really have to do with him getting up close and personal with my UC (because we already live together and he's been well aquainted with all that I have to deal with), but more so in regards to traveling with my medication. It's been a while since I've flown anywhere, especially since the changes have been made with the restrictions and whatnot. I plan on taking my Colazal (which shouldn't be a problem), some of my probiotic, as well as some of my enemas. My question for all of you is....where should I pack all this? My suitcase or my carry-on? I plan on bringing only 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on. What is my best option? What if they question why I am bring this medication with me? And do you have any suggestions as to how I should pack my enemas so that they don't break/explode in my suitcase?
 
Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions. I hope everyone's having a great summer!
 
 

Jenny, 25 
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in February 2005
Currently taking:
Colazal (9 pills/daily)
Colocort (nightly, semi-nightly) Rowasa enemas (nightly)
Probiotic--VSL 3 (once daily, sometimes more)
Multi-Vitamin (daily)
Folic Acid (daily)
FiberCon (2 pills daily)


bellski
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   Posted 6/28/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
My thought is pack it in your carry on that way they don't rummage through it. Is any of it liquid? If it is, then you will have to do suitcase. Bubble wrap it if needed. The probiotic, I would put a little ice pack near it as it should be refrigerated.
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1,         Canasax X 2 Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 


LilyPirker
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   Posted 6/28/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I would say carry on. I never pack my meds in my suitcase in case they lose my luggage. as for the liquids. If you have your prescription with you, you shouldn't have a problem. I have always traveled with my enemas in my carry on. I take the risk because the enemas are in a box with my prescription taped to it....can't be more obvious that it's medication!

Diagnosed with UC in 2000

Medications:  Asacol 800mg tablets 5/day, Salofalk enema nightly


kops2da
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   Posted 6/28/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi!

We have traveled many times since my husband has COPD and I have many medications.

Always take them carryon and according to TSA regulations.  Here is the link...

 
If you put liquid in the quart bags you don't have to declare them at security.
Have a fun trip.  Elaine
68 old lady
New UC (with rectal bleeding and diarrhea)- 2 months ago, colonoscopy showed mild
UC rectal and little above.
Using Canasa 1000mg. once a day
Probiotic Primal Defense
Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension
Xanax
Lipitor
 
 
 
 


hekela
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   Posted 6/28/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
definitely put what you can in your carry on. i carried on my whole stash of pills in their own bottles and had them all in a big ziplock. they don't even check the stuff that isn't liquid.
don't want your meds to get lost by the airline.
check the tsa link that kops2da posted, i think you're only allowed ONE quart sized ziplock with liquids in it and the liquids are limited to a certain oz. size.
29, happily married, stay at home mom to 2.5 year old son. due to have another boy 9/17/08
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.

-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-Prayer! asacol, probio, ground psyllium husk, prenatal, folic acid, cal-mag

may you live all the days of your life.


KDgirl26
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 6/28/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone. This is very helpful!

Jenny, 25 
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in February 2005
Currently taking:
Colazal (9 pills/daily)
Colocort (nightly, semi-nightly) Rowasa enemas (nightly)
Probiotic--VSL 3 (once daily, sometimes more)
Multi-Vitamin (daily)
Folic Acid (daily)
FiberCon (2 pills daily)


FitzyK23
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   Posted 6/29/2008 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Prescription Medicines are exempt from the liquids rule but they have to be presented and declared. The people around you would probably hear you say it and see the meds. If you prefer you can ask to have your bag hand searched instead of x-rayed and can ask to do it in a private area. When you get up to security just say "I have liquid prescription medications with me that I would rather speak about in private."
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


MNBeachgal
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   Posted 6/29/2008 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   

I've travelled quite a bit with the enemas and always take them in my carry-on.  I often travel with just a carry-on for short trips and therefore have no other choice.  Your 1 1-qt ziploc bag of liquids does not include any medications you bring.  I've always put the enemas in a separate baggie and although the TSA will stop and pick up the bag to examine it, as soon as I say its medication they just put it back down and let me go. If you are worried, you can always just stick that little prescription info pamphlet the pharmacy gives you into the baggie.  That will eliminate any further questions they may have.

Have a great trip!


colitis-owns
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/30/2008 3:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I always take it on in hand luggage and have a copy of my last prescription with me just in case.
Pan-indeterminate colitis
 
Pentasa 2g bd
Pentasa suppository 1 nightly
Azathioprine 150mg


kb5
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   Posted 6/30/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I have traveled both within the UC and internationally with all my meds. I usually pack the enemas in my suitcase if I know there is a way for me to get them if my suitcase is lost. Otherwise i make sure to have my meds in my carry on. Its like a security blanket. Original bottles and copies of prescriptions just in case but have never even been questioned about any of them.

Good luck and have fun!
Kelly, 30

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, no more pred after two years!!!! Off imuran as remicade is working!
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran 8mg every six hours for nausea
Remicade started 3/1/08...just had 4th infusion


FitzyK23
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   Posted 6/30/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I love that you typed UC instead of US.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Beth75
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   Posted 6/30/2008 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
ditto
Beth, 32 ~ small flare - hoping caused by aspirin - hydrocortisone e's
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07
UC dx'd 03/00 (Proctosigmoiditis); Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07 - partial remission since 03/08
Prednisone 40mg 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 150mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!
 


kb5
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   Posted 6/30/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Totally didn't realize I did that. I'm and English teacher too. Though it goes to show you how amy brain is always thinking of it.
Kelly, 30

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, no more pred after two years!!!! Off imuran as remicade is working!
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran 8mg every six hours for nausea
Remicade started 3/1/08...just had 4th infusion

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