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   Posted 12/20/2007 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
we will be flying on monday if everything remains the same with my daughter, from ny to florida. how do we pack the enemas? i believe that they wil have to go underneath in the luggage, but will they be left alone there, or will they be pulled out? thanks
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.

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   Posted 12/20/2007 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I pack my enemas in my checked baggage when I travel. Just make sure you take them in the box they came in with your prescription label on it. I've never had them removed from my luggage.
Current Medications:
- Asacol (4 pills, 3x per day)
- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
- Folic Acid (1 mg, 1x per day)
- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)
- Iron (2x per day)

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   Posted 12/20/2007 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I would also suggest putting them in a ziplock bag in case they leak. You could always call the airlines and ask what their policy is. Have a great trip!
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   Posted 12/20/2007 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I travel frequently, and I always pack my meds (checked bag) in a plastic ziploc bag, in the original bottle or whatever with the prescription attached. This way, if they do need to check my luggage it's easy for them to see. I've never had a problem. Happy travels!

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   Posted 12/20/2007 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey, I'm flying Monday from Iowa to Florida! I'm so excited :) Hope you have a safe flight.

I would say, with the strict airline policies nowadays I do not think I would take them in my carry on bag, in fact you may not even be allowed to. I've never traveled with enemas but I would suggest putting them in a sealed ziplock bag in case one happens to leak (I do this with things like lotions and perfumes and I've had a few leaks and it's saved my clothes doing that haha) and I would probably put them between some clothes for padding, that way they're less likely to get smashed and bust open.

I've had my luggage searched numerous times and for the most part they put everything back where it was.
Female, 22, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in hip & lumbar region of spine from long term prednisone use

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40 mg Citalopram (for depression/social anxiety)
125mg Imuran
Should also be on supplements and probiotics and other UC drugs but I'm just not good at taking pills...

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   Posted 12/20/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure about how to pack the enemas, but I would keep my pills in my carry on. If your luggage gets lost or your meds stolen you will be in a world of hurt while on vacation.
Once about 12 years ago my luggage was DESTROYED and my dental retainers dissapeared and the airline would not pay to replace them because they weren't considered "vital to the enjoyment of my vacation" so pretty much anything as important as UC meds should be carried with you.
Just make sure the enemas can get through security otherwise check them. I can't imagine anyone stealing enemas but I wouldn't put it past some idiot to steal whatever pills they can get their hands on.
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Forvia once a day
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Methotrexate 3 pills once a week
Actonel once a week
Calcium supp.
1 mg Folic Acid daily
Omega-3 once daily
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   Posted 12/20/2007 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   

I have flown a couple of times with my enemas in my carry on because I was afraid my luggage would get lost or something. I leave them in their original box with the prescription label on them from the pharmacy. I flew Air Canada in September and they didn't even open my carry on to look. Just over a year ago, I flew United and they asked what the cone shaped items were. I just told them it was medication and they didn't even open the bag up.


-female - 32 -diagnosed June 2006
-last 25cm of colon affected
-Salofalk enemas stopped working
-xylocaine enemas put me in remission
-Asacol 2 800mg pills 2x/day
-budesonide enemas as needed

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   Posted 12/20/2007 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I am almost positive you can carry the enemas in your carry on because it is medicine. As others said definitely keep them in the box with the prescription info on it. They sell larger oversized ziplock bags. I find I use the ziplock bags to pack any and all carry on stuff into. If they do a check of the contents in the carry on it is so convenient for the inspector to lift out the ziplock bags to see what is in there.

I use ziplock bags for anything that can open, spill etc in my luggage as well and have been spared a few problems along the way due to the weight of suitcases piled on top of each other.

For the first time in all the years we have been travelling, none of our bags arrived on our plane -- fortunately for us it was our return trip home and we got them delivered about 24 hours later. If it was at the beginning of the trip and I had any kind of necessary items in there it would make for some anxious moments.

61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days.  150mg Imuran 2 1/2 mg prednisone & tapering, 12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 40 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month

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   Posted 12/20/2007 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! I wanted to add that all meds should be in your carry on in case the luggage is lost or misplaced. But, liquid medication are exempt from the liquid limits but they do have to be declared and presented for inspection. This could be embarassing for your daughter. I don't know how easy enemas are to obtain and how expensive they are. If it protects her pride I would check them and bring a paper prescription for a new one in case her luggage disapeers. But if she is more confident and doesnt care who knows she has enemas then by all means, carry them on. If I was her I would put them in the carry on but not put my suitcase on the conveyor belt. When I got to the front I would request a private hand search of my bag by a female staff. I would then explain in private what they were and show them to her. That way everyone behind me in line wouldn't have to hear I was traveling with enemas. You can call the airport ahead of time and they will let you know if this practice will work. Have a great healthy trip!
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!!!

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   Posted 12/20/2007 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
That's good advice. I was thinking the same thing. I've traveled with Cortifoam canisters in my carry-on bad and never been stopped. But I've always had in mind what I would say in order to get someone to speak softly or go somewhere more private.

On the other hand, there was a lawsuit some years ago where a woman was awarded a large sum of money because the baggage screeners embarrassed her in front of other passengers. I think she was traveling with some personal items that really shouldn't have required explanation and they held them up and asked her about them. So... should anyone ever ask me about my Cortifoam canisters I should probably let them wave them around, speak loudly, and then try to collect! lol
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   Posted 12/20/2007 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Cortifoam canisters are no big deal-- we're talking big, bulky, bloomin' ENEMA bottles with those tattletale tips that scream out R-E-C-T-U-M to everyone within eyeshot!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How I hated to even be seen by the pharmacist when I picked up those monsters in my younger days! These plane inspections can vary, but it does sound like a good idea to always carry a copy of the prescription along in a safe carry-on just in case the checked baggage goes astray. I would carry on the pills, the Cortifoam, & maybe 1 box of enemas with the rest checked. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.]) GO, Julee70-- get those crass devils!

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   Posted 12/20/2007 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is the official US TSA policy (FYI most of the TSA employees do not know or understand the rules so you may have to educate them on how to do their job and conduct a search of your personal items) If you run into issues demand to speak with a supervisor. You may want to print website and show it to them.

I will not let my meds be screened by an X-ray machine.... I do not want it and feel it is necessary; if they want to respectfully visually inspect my medications they can be my guest.

Here is a link from the CCFA about traveling with IBDs

DX'd with Pan-Colitis June 2005
Current Status: Flaring since May
Current Meds:  50 mgs 6-mp, Colocort, Oral Cyclosporine (500 mgs)
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   Posted 12/21/2007 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   

I do a lot of traveling and you really need to take medications with you in your carry on baggage.  The site below tells you what you can take in your carry-on.  Also, if you click on "For Travelers" in the bar at the top of the page, it will show all that you are allowed to take on your flight.  They want you to keep liquids at 3 oz. or less.  But, if you  have larger liquids, you need to tell them at check in.  Hope this helps!




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