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Old August 17th, 2009, 09:27 AM
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traveling with my mom who has a ton of meds. Does her meds have to be in the bottles or can she travel on the plane and board the boat with them in her daily dispenser?
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http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtrav...rial_1059.shtm
I found this information on the TSA website. I hope it helps. I took medication on board and had no problems. But it was in the original packaging. Even though it's a hassle I would probably take the bottles just to not deal with TSA. But according to the website it's "recommended" but not "required." It just may take longer getting through security check point with unlabeled medication.

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Non-liquid or gel medications of all kinds such as solid pills, or inhalers are allowed through the security checkpoint once they have been screened. We recommend, but do not require, that your medications be labeled to assist with the screening process.
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I have never seen TSA check anyone's medication, or a cruise line. I often throw all of my OTC meds into one bottle: coated aspirin, pepcid AC, colace, etc and no one has ever said "why do you have these different pills in one bottle." The TSA is there to catch terrorists. They also catch drug runners at the borders but they are not there to stop ordinary citizens just because they have their legal prescriptions in the wrong bottles.

However - it is a consideration if you have strong meds that might interact and your mom is traveling with others who may have access that you not put a strong medicine in a bottle that says suggests it is something else. Someone might think they are borrowing an aspirin and end up taking nitroglycerin.
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good points. Thanks so much
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I would need an extra suitcase if I took all of my med's in original containers. So, I carry them in a small case with heavy ziplock bags. Labeled for each day, but I also carry copies of the pharmacy receipts for every one that I take. I scotch tape them to 8 1/2 X 11, then copy and reduce. One copy in my purse, the other in the cabin safe.
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Kat gave you the "official" answer and that was "yes".

Now I'll give you my experience in years of International travel and 20+ cruises. My experience is yes/no. No; for your standard daily medications. I set them up in the daily dispensers and carry a copy of the script.

The yes part is for schedule 2 and 3 medications or inject ables. I carry inject ables and keep them separate with the original script. However, I have never in all this time been asked to show any documentation.

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My mother tends to be the one who gets checked and frisked--she is a close to 70 year old woman. They checked her bag and on our first cruise she left her meds in the daily dispenser and had the pharmacy do up a list of prescriptions she was taking. They took one look at the dispenser and it took us a good 10 minutes to leave the security area!!! Each pill was looked, compared to the bottle asked what it was and then checked with the pharmacy list!!!! What a hassel!!! This check was only done once, but it was a nightmare. zThe trip home was easier as she put all the pills back in their bottles and left the dispensers empty!!!!

It is one of those situations where you have a 50% chance that it will be checked. I your moher is on that many you might risk it, but make sure your at the airport early enough and have plenty of time to get through security.

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She is going to leave them in the prescription bottles!
Thanks for all the feedback...big help
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Kat gave you the "official" answer and that was "yes".

Now I'll give you my experience in years of International travel and 20+ cruises. My experience is yes/no. No; for your standard daily medications. I set them up in the daily dispensers and carry a copy of the script.

The yes part is for schedule 2 and 3 medications or inject ables. I carry inject ables and keep them separate with the original script. However, I have never in all this time been asked to show any documentation.

Take care,
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Oh see I only have one prescription and it's an injectable that is carried in a small cooler, because it requires refrigeration. So my medication was in the original package I had no problems with San Francisco TSA. I liked Colorcrazie's idea they are still labeled and she has all the receipts.

Misguidedangel's experience is what I was worried would happen. I think you are making a good decision to be on the safe side. I still think Colorcrazie's idea would have worked.
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Taking a copy of the pharmacy labels or the scripts is important. I keep a copy in my carry-on and travel wallet.

Though: In hundreds of flights, before 9/11 and close to 50 flights after 9/11, I nor my wife, have never been stopped, searched or questioned. I also haven't personally known anyone who has.

You can always be on the safe side but carrying the bottles, especially if you have a number of meds, takes up a lot of space and you will either have to fill a daily dispenser once you reach the ship or load up the limited space in the bathroom or cabin with bottles and take them from the bottle each day.

I'll take the risk of a ten minute TSA check over that.

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Interesting.. I have never carried a copy of my scripts..(12 daily meds) and i too put them in weekly dispensers.. and up to now no one has ever said a thing...maybe i have been lucky.. but i think i will ask my pharmacist for a print out for November just in case.. thanks guys..
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