enemas and air travel

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canadagal
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   Posted 1/30/2011 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
how do you travel (flights) with enemas? domestic and international?
do you bring on board or put in packed luggage? is there a chance of freezing if in checked luggage?
what do you bring paper work wise?
thanks
38yr old female
first symptoms 2006, UC diagnosis 2007, solid remission for 3 years then flare for past year.
Current Meds: 4 Mezavants/day, 4g Salofalk enemas/nightly
Other: Iron supplements, multivitamins, green tea, trying spinach/sunflower seeds for past 2 months.

songlady
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   Posted 1/30/2011 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I have put them in my packed luggage. I didn't bring any paperwork... but I've just been on domestic flights.
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lawest74
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   Posted 1/30/2011 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I put them in my carry on luggage because I didn't want to risk them losing my luggage. I kept them in the box with the prescription info on them. I also put them right on top so security could see them. I had no problem traveling domestically. It took up a lot of room but worth the risk of them losing my luggage .
 

eddy55
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   Posted 1/30/2011 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I travelled south last year from Canada and packed my liquid supplies in a clear bag in my carry on along with the rx label - security went thru my carry on and accepted my explanation of "my medication" no problem.  I too did not want to risk losing them in my luggage while on vacation - that would have been disasterous!

canadagal
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   Posted 1/30/2011 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks guys! Has anyone had any problems???

eddy55 - may I ask where you went? south is what I'm contemplating ... sigh!!! did you go threw USA ? also did you remove from plastic&foil case or leave them like that?(assuming you were on salofalk)
38yr old female
first symptoms 2006, UC diagnosis 2007, solid remission for 3 years then flare for past year.
Current Meds: 4 Mezavants/day, 4g Salofalk enemas/nightly
Other: Iron supplements, multivitamins, green tea, trying spinach/sunflower seeds for past 2 months.

jkingfrt
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   Posted 1/30/2011 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
If you look at the actual ban on liquids in cabin it does not apply to prescriptions:

"Another exception includes eye care products and medications. You are allowed to bring liquid medication onboard an airplane with you, as long as the medication is prescribed to you. Airport security will likely verify that your name matches the name on the prescription bottle. You can also bring onboard other non prescription products, including those needed for eye care; however, they must be no larger than four ounces in size. These items may include saline solution and eye drops."

I have found this to be the case repeatedly while travelling by air with my enemas. It wasn't really a problem but you should pull them out for a separate inspection when going through security.
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canadagal
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   Posted 2/1/2011 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
anyone travel to Europe with enemas?
38yr old female
first symptoms 2006, UC diagnosis 2007, solid remission for 3 years then flare for past year.
Current Meds: 4 Mezavants/day, 4g Salofalk enemas/nightly
Other: Iron supplements, multivitamins, green tea, trying spinach/sunflower seeds for past 2 months.

Sara14
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   Posted 2/1/2011 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I just flew last week and put my enemas in my checked baggage. You can bring them in your carry-on with you though if you prefer. I didn't bring any paperwork but I did bring them in their original box with my prescription printed on it, just in case. I live in the U.S.
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beachlife
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   Posted 2/1/2011 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I've put them in a rubbermaid type container so they don't get crushed and leak, more recently I traveled with the original casing. Was worried about security, spoke to TSA supervisor at the airport, no issues since this is prescription. No one asked for paperwork or even batted an eyelash
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eddy55
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   Posted 2/1/2011 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
canadagirl:  we went from toronto direct flight to dom republic - La romana - soaking in the warm salt water was the best!  i use hycort enemas - just took as is in plastic bag with box label.  hope u get away.

ewafromwarsaw
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   Posted 3/30/2016 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
one person on the Polish uc forum has recently asked a question about applying a salofalk enema before a 7 hour flight and nobody has answered. The question was if it is safe to apply a salofalk enema (4g) before a long flight, she meant the effect of mesalazine in the changes of pressure etc. What do you think?
Ewa, 24 yrs old from Warsaw
Left-sided colitis, diagnosed in September 2012
Current meds: 2x2 Asamax (500 mg) and Salofalk enemas (twice a week)
Mutaflor or VSL#3

ewafromwarsaw
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   Posted 3/30/2016 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
i forgot to add - she did it and had more bleeding after the flight so she was wondering if there was any connection. During this long flight she didn't go to the toilet even once, no urgency or any other problems
Ewa, 24 yrs old from Warsaw
Left-sided colitis, diagnosed in September 2012
Current meds: 2x2 Asamax (500 mg) and Salofalk enemas (twice a week)
Mutaflor or VSL#3

iPoop
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   Posted 3/30/2016 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
The air cabin pressure change would have no effect on the enema. In short, not a problem.

Is this person taking their enema and then immediately hoping on a plane? Regardless, the majority of the enema fluid would be absorbed by the body within 20-40 after administering it. Sometimes a little fluid remains in the bowel, and that might cause urgency which isn't ideal during travel.

If they're worried, I'd recommend waking up early before they must travel and then taking the enema with extra time. Either that or delaying the enema until they arrive. Better than worrying and being anxious, which only increases the likelihood that urgency will strike.
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ewafromwarsaw
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   Posted 3/30/2016 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the answer :) This girl has asked me to search for some related topic because she doesn't speak English. She was quite upset but I also think that having a liquid of salofalk enema inside while on the plane does not pose any threat. She administered her enema about 8 hours before the flight, I think she had more bleeding after the flight because of anxiety and not the enema itself
Ewa, 24 yrs old from Warsaw
Left-sided colitis, diagnosed in September 2012
Current meds: 2x2 Asamax (500 mg) and Salofalk enemas (twice a week)
Mutaflor or VSL#3
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