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   Posted 4/9/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm going on holiday to Canada for 2 weeks on the 18th of this month, however I'm just getting out of a flare and still taking a fair amount of medication. Although feeling alot better since being in hospital I still need to be careful as I don't want things to go backwards. I cannot find a travel insurance company to cover me for the Colitis, this seems to be because I've been in hospital twice within the past 12 months. I'm going to be staying with some friends over there so it'll be chilled out and I'll be looked after if need be! :)
However I just wondered whether I should take a note from the GP to explain why I'm bringing so many types of medication into the country or will it be ok? I just don't want any problems at the airport!
And maybe if you have any tips on ensuring I stay 'ok' while I'm over there, I obviously want to avoid unnecessary medical costs!!

22 year old female, from the UK.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08, Proctosigmoiditis Jan '09.
Hospitalised Jan '09 for 3 days IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect!
Hospitalised Feb '09 for 7 days (5 days - IV Hydrocortisone)
Currently taking daily: 
10mg Prednisolone tablets (tapering from 40mg)
5mg Prednisolone suppository x 1 (Alternating each day with 1g Acetarsol suppository)
1g Mesalazine granules x 2
7.5mg Zopiclone (taken every other night for sleeping)
10mg Citalopram (anti-anxiety/depression)
Vitamins A,C,D 

Post Edited (qwerty1) : 4/9/2009 11:15:01 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/9/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
It wouldn't be a bad idea to have a not from your doc, just in case. They shouldn't give you any issues, especially if your Rx are in the original container, but you never know. If any of your meds are liquid, I'd definitely have a note, as they might be in larger quantities than what's normally allowed. For instance, I use Rowasa, and there's no way I'm going to check it, yet it's in larger quantity than what the FAA allows in carry-ons. Rx drugs are exempt from this, but I'd still like to have a note from my doc just so there's less chance of a problem.

I guess just watch what you eat pretty carefully and make sure to take your meds faithfully...other than that, I don't have any suggestions! Hope you have a great time!!
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, 40mg 30mg 20mg 15mg 10mg of Prednisone (quick taper), Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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