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Health Tip: Traveling With Prescription Medications

Health Tip: Traveling With Prescription Medications


(HealthDay News) -- When you're flying with prescription drugs, be sure to prepare them carefully before you head out for the airport.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests these precautions for air travel with prescription medications:

  • Pack your meds in a carry-on bag, so they don't get lost.
  • Carry with you a list of your prescriptions, including brand and generic names.
  • Carry a letter, on your doctor's letterhead, with the physician's prescription for any injectable or controlled substance.
  • Make sure someone at home has an extra copy of your prescriptions.
  • If traveling internationally, consult with the American Embassy or Consulate to ensure that your meds are allowed in the host country.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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