Travelling with medicines

When you travel, you need to remember not to take a holiday from the safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

The American Pharmaceutical Association offers some medication advice for people going on business or pleasure trips:

Be informed
Bring your medication schedule with you. It should include both prescription and over-the-counter drugs that you're taking at the time. If you take different medications at different times of the day, a schedule can help you adjust to time zone changes and changes in your daily routine.

Have a list of the reasons for taking each medication. That way, if you have to see a doctor or go to a hospital while you're travelling, the list can help medical staff better understand your condition.

How to carry it
Keep all your medications in your carry-on bag when you travel by air, whether it's a short or long flight. That way, you'll always have your medication with you, even if your luggage is lost or stolen.

Store your medication in their original labelled containers and bring more medication than you expect to use while you travel. That will protect you in case of unexpected delays and extended stays.

Before you leave on your trip, ask your pharmacist about any conflicts between your medications and foods or beverages you might consume while travelling. If you're taking medications, don't drink any alcohol when you travel. – (HealthScout News)

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