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Old 07-13-2015, 02:20 PM
 
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What is best way to carry meds in carry on luggage? Not checking it this time. I don't want to carry meds and vitamins in the original containers because they are too large. Would TSA have a problem with pills in nonprescription containers?
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Old 07-13-2015, 02:23 PM
 
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If you are traveling within the USA, put them in whatever you want. If you are traveling to another country, keep them in their original containers.

TSA is not drug enforcement. They aren't law enforcement. They can only contact local authorities if they feel someone might be carrying illicit drugs. They can not do anything or even detain you unless they have cause to feel you are a danger to aircraft safety.
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:43 PM
 
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There are some state laws against it, however.. And there's always local police somewhere in the airport..

Vitamins don't really matter.. Prescription meds might.. Personally, i'd say deal with the space issues to avoid other problems.

Seriously.. I looked this up on the TSA site because I was surprised they didn't require things to be in their original containers, especially if it was liquid medication.. I came across this on the TSA for Kids site that seriously still has me shocked..

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  • Passengers cannot leave babies in an infant carrier and attempt to put it through the X-ray machine. Babies should be carried through a walk-through metal detector by a parent or guardian.
https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-kids/parents-page

Right there.. not kidding. You KNOW someone tried it.
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Also- get a copy of the bottle label from your pharmacist and put it in with your meds. While you can't use it to get a new prescription filled, you can show it to a clinic doctor and tell them 'this is what my doc back home prescribes for me' and unless you're talking something like an opiate painkiller or something with really evil side effects, they can probably replicate the prescription easier that way.

If you're going overseas, note that both brand names and generic substance names can be different from country to country (ie. Acetaminophen is paracetamol in many places outside the USA) and ask the pharmacist to check and see what it's called where you're going.
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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If you are traveling within the USA, put them in whatever you want. If you are traveling to another country, keep them in their original containers.
This. With one exception: If you are taking controlled substances, keep them in their original bottles, domestic or international.
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:14 AM
 
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This. With one exception: If you are taking controlled substances, keep them in their original bottles, domestic or international.
I totally agree. Controlled substances (ie narcotic pain relief) absolutely need to be in original containers regardless of where you are traveling--even around where you live.

But vitamins and drugs like Lipitor, Nexium, Singulair, Plavix, etc. are fine in a carry case if you aren't leaving the country.
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Old 07-14-2015, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Northern Ireland and temporarily England
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We just bring a medical box and put it in the suitcase.

That is enough for us.
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Old 07-14-2015, 11:54 AM
 
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Always carry them in original container having the prescription label on them. That is law in every state I know of. Put them in what ever is need as some are temperature specific; if so a small cooler bag with a ice pack that you freeze.
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Old 07-14-2015, 01:12 PM
 
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We travel very light primarily to Europe for extended periods.

I tend to bring a lot of prescription drugs like muscle relaxants, antibiotics for use if needed and even then end up using local pharmacies. I place all meds including vitamins in snack-sized baggies. For meds, the labels from the original bottles that include the description of the pills peel off easily and can be taped to the baggie. The vitamins I just label myself with a marker.

Other pharmacy products like Zantac that are packaged in lightweight foil I keep in the original wrapping. Pharmacists can use the generic name from the packaging to write a prescription to refill if necessary.
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Old 07-14-2015, 01:15 PM
 
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If it's a law, it's certainly rarely enforced, and it won't be enforced by TSA.

If it were such a heinous crime to carry prescriptions in something other than their original container, pillboxes wouldn't be easy to purchase in every pharmacy in the country.
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