Traveling with UC drugs

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Risan1808
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   Posted 2/27/2009 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Since I have been recently diagnosed I'm new to all this fun stuff.  My husband and I are going to Aruba in 6 weeks.  Even thought GI is going to try me off the Rowasa I have a feeling that is going to be short lived.  Since we will be flying I feel I need to keep my meds in a carry on with me.  My question is how to travel with the Rowasa since it is a liquid.
 
Has anyone else here flown with Rowasa and how did you handle it?  Is there special rules about flying with medications?
Diagnosed Friday, February 13, 2009
Asacol 2 tabs 3X daily
Rowasa Nightly


fruitgirl
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   Posted 2/27/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   

From the TSA website:

Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.

http://www.tsa.gov/311/index.shtm

Honestly, if I were in your shoes, I'd go ahead and take some Rowasa with me even if I were in remission and not using any for maintenance.  That way, if you start to flare while you're gone, you'll have some with you to get it under control easily. 

It might be helpful to have a note from your doctor explaining what it is and I'd definitely take it in the box it comes in. 


 


Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


JM21204
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   Posted 2/28/2009 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not on Rowasa, but I do travel weekly for business and have carried other liquid based prescription medication with me (lovenox pre-filled syringes). I just put them all in a big plastic ziploc bag with the prescription paper from the pharmacy in there with them. I used to pull them out of my bag and put them through separately in the bin. No one ever said a word. Then later on I tried just keeping them in my bag and sent them through - again no one said a word. Either way, you should be sure to definitely make sure to have the prescription documentation with you to prove it is prescribed medication.
34 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
Meds:1600 mg Asacol a day, Ferrex, Pre-Natal Vitamins, Lovenox, on and off Prednisone (40 mg then taper)
 


Red_34
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   Posted 2/28/2009 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was on the enemas and even if I wasn't using them at the time of my vacation, I would always always bring them with me because nothing can mess up a vacation more then a flare!
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IndianaUC
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   Posted 2/28/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
You never know what TSA will or won't pull out on you. Just keep all meds with their original packaging and bring the info from the pharmacist just in case they decide to question it. Better to be safe than sorry.
- DXed with "left sided" UC in 1998. DXed with "proctitis" Oct. 2007
- Sulfasalazine 3 500mg tabs twice daily
- 500mg Vitamin C, 1 Multivitamin, L-Glutamine
- Max Acidophillis EC Capsules 350Mg(7 types of bacteria with over 42 billion viable cells) with 50 Mg colostrum & 50 Mg FOS(fructo-oligosaccharides)
- Experimenting with this or that on occasion. Always open to new ideas.
- Colonoscopies - 2 (Due for my next one ASAP)
- Canasa 1000mg @night. Started Oct. 23, 2008
- Niferex-150 Forte 1 capsule 2x Daily


FitzyK23
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   Posted 2/28/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
If you are embarassed for the people around you to see that you have enemas you can always say you have a prescription medicine to declare but would like to do it in private. There are usually TSA officials guiding people into lines and you can always tell one of them you would prefer a private screening. This will definitly slow you way down getting through but if embarassment is an issue you might want to consider it. I have never flown w/ enemas but did fly w/ a hemmie cream that I just declared as a rx. I figured I would never see the people in line w/ me ever again and I didn't care if they saw it.
27 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.


IndianaUC
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/28/2009 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I never care what anyone else thinks. I will never see these people again and if I do so what. You gotta do what you gotta do.

I'm not sure if it's just an Indiana thing or not, but there is a prescription privacy act now. That last time I got my prescription at Sam's Club and nothing else I got to the exit door where they check you to make sure you're not stealing anything. I went to hand my bag to the man and he put his hands up and said no. He wasn't even allowed to look at it. I asked him why and he said a new privacy act...that just viewing the receipt was a violation of my privacy.

I'm sure flying is a bit different tho.
- DXed with "left sided" UC in 1998. DXed with "proctitis" Oct. 2007
- Sulfasalazine 3 500mg tabs twice daily
- 500mg Vitamin C, 1 Multivitamin, L-Glutamine
- Max Acidophillis EC Capsules 350Mg(7 types of bacteria with over 42 billion viable cells) with 50 Mg colostrum & 50 Mg FOS(fructo-oligosaccharides)
- Experimenting with this or that on occasion. Always open to new ideas.
- Colonoscopies - 2 (Due for my next one ASAP)
- Canasa 1000mg @night. Started Oct. 23, 2008
- Niferex-150 Forte 1 capsule 2x Daily


Dr-A
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Total Posts : 2105
   Posted 2/28/2009 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I took 9 of those with me to jamaica this year. Just put them in a baggie with the script and no one even asked, even through customs. It's always much better to have them and use them just like at home, to keep things going well.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 1 day
Immuran
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
Vitamin E Enemas as needed
Probiotis/GreenTea/VitD+Ca/SuperDHA

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