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Taking your medicines on vacation

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July 26th, 2011

If you are traveling this summer, taking your medications along is essential to maintaining your health and enjoying your vacation to the fullest. Keep these tips in mind to avoid any hassles: Carry all medications in the original containers. Officials at some ports of entry may require proper identification of medications. Labels should be legible so contents are easily identified. Do not carry medications in unlabeled containers or pill boxes. Have copies of all prescriptions, including their generic names. In addition, carry a printed list of all medications you take it will be useful if you require medical care. Get a note from your doctor. For controlled substances and injectable medications, ask your doctor to provide a note on letterhead stationery. Know what you can take where. Some medications are not permitted in certain countries. If you aren t sure, contact the embassy or consulate of the destination country. Keep them with you. Medications are only useful if they are available, especially in case of unexpected travel delays. However, due to airline security rules, sharp objects and some liquids and gels may have to remain in checked luggage. Remember over-the-counter necessities. Analgesics, anti-diarrheals, motion sickness medication, antihistamines, decongestants, cough suppressants, and mild laxatives might be helpful. Take other useful supplies. Don t forget sunscreen, bug repellant, adhesive bandages, elastic bandage wrap for sprains and strains, antiseptic wipes, antibacterial ointment, aloe gel, anti-itch cream, moleskin for blisters, and saline eye drops. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has comprehensive information and resources for staying healthy while you travel. Go to the Travelers Health section of