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Q: What do I need to know about traveling with my prescription medications?

Posted February 26, 2014 in Advice Column, Pleasant Hill

A: First, leave medications in their original containers. If necessary, you can set up your medication planner once at your destination. Travel with enough medication for your entire trip and a few extra days for unexpected delays. It may be necessary to refill your prescription early. Your pharmacy can help you find out if your insurance offers a vacation override or if you may need to pay out of pocket for enough medication until you return. Keep refrigerated medications in a small cooler or insulated bag. If flying, it is best to pack your medications in your carry-on luggage. If possible, limit liquid medication to bottles of three ounces or less and in a one quart plastic bag. Your pharmacy can provide you with a smaller, labeled container if necessary. It is possible to travel with larger quantities of liquids or gels, but you must notify a TSA security officer, and the medication will need to be inspected. If you are traveling with controlled substances or injectable medications, it may be a good idea to get a letter from your physician detailing your medications and the reasons you take them to carry with you. If you have additional questions about your specific situation, check with your pharmacist.

Information provided by Jen Alexander, Pharm.D., pharmacy manager at NuCara Pharmacy, 4927 Maple Drive, Pleasant Hill, 515-264-1503.

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