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Author Topic: U.S. Travel with Meds  (Read 1572 times)

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Offline ArisGreekSquared

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U.S. Travel with Meds
« on: August 25, 2008, 08:52:56 AM »
Good morning,

I can't seen to find an adequate answer anywhere on the net.  I just started meds about 3 weeks ago and I live in Boston, MA.  I am traveling to Orlando, FL (Disney World) to be exact and I'm wondering if I need any documentation for my meds.  I am bringing them in the original bottle on my carryon. I know for overseas travel I'll need a document stating what it is, but do I need this for domestic travel? Should I get it just in case?


Offline sharkdiver

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Re: U.S. Travel with Meds
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2008, 09:49:35 AM »
No, not within the U.S.

And they've never checked in the countries that I've travelled to. I believe they are more interested in illegal substances than HIV meds.

Enjoy your trip


Offline ArisGreekSquared

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Re: U.S. Travel with Meds
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2008, 09:56:57 AM »

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: U.S. Travel with Meds
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2008, 10:41:59 AM »
The only time I've needed a document for anything is when I was part of a clinical trial, because the med bottles they give you don't have "real" pharmacy scripts.

Granny doesn't need fancy paperwork when she flies with her diuretics and HIV is no different, except in a handful of countries.
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Re: U.S. Travel with Meds
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2008, 07:33:10 PM »
I flew a lot for my last job -- at least every couple of weeks in 2007 -- and routinely carried a day's worth of pills in a baggy in my pocket so that I'd have them if meetings ran late, or for time zone changes.  Sometimes I had the meds in my carry on too if it was a several day trip.  There was never a single question about it from homeland security (or anyone else for that matter).  Like Philly says -- everyone travels with pills these days; HIV meds don't really stand out.

I did learn to carry a day or two more than you need though -- I got stranded once or twice when the last flight out was cancelled, and you can avoid needless worry about missing a dose if you always carry an extra day or two of meds --- unless they need special packaging you can just put them in a sandwich baggy and they take next to no room.

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Offline Esquare

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Re: U.S. Travel with Meds
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2008, 11:50:37 PM »
I am from the US and fly about every month domestically or internationally.  Assurbanipal has similar tips to what I would offer. 

Offline danpoz

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Re: U.S. Travel with Meds
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2008, 08:12:47 PM »
I travel 3/4 days a week for work, rarely ever carry the meds in the original bottles and have never had any problems or even been questioned about them.  I do agree with assurb that you should always be sure to take a few extra in case you have delays/cancellations with your plans, especially with the airline industry these days.

Have a great trip!
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Re: U.S. Travel with Meds
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2008, 10:30:40 PM »
My travel experiences with HIV meds have also been problem free as others noted.  I have traveled the mainland US and Puerto Rico with my meds in a hard brown plastic capped pill bottle in my carry on luggage that went through the x-ray machine. I had no problems whatsoever.  Also, I always carry an extra two days worth of meds beyond my scheduled stay in case of flight or other delays.
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