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Old 12-03-2017, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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TSA questioned me about some Metamucil powder in a zipper bag. Not a liquid, not a medication, just something odd.
I suppose you could put any kind of pill in a labelled bottle and they might not check to see if that's what it was. I'd rather not get caught.

And they ALWAYS open my checked bags because I have pliers and other tools inside.
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Old 12-03-2017, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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TSA questioned me about some Metamucil powder in a zipper bag. Not a liquid, not a medication, just something odd.
I suppose you could put any kind of pill in a labelled bottle and they might not check to see if that's what it was. I'd rather not get caught.

And they ALWAYS open my checked bags because I have pliers and other tools inside.
I gotta ask: Why do you have pliers and tools in your luggage? (I hope you're going to say something about your job.)

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i only take one script pill in its blister pack. all the rest are supplements. now the supplements (cinnamon, coconut oil, multivit, antioxidants, OTC antihistamines, magnesium), do they need to be in their original containers?
Take the Rx in it's original bottle.

Leave the supplements home. It's not gonna kill you to skip a week or two. (it's not just to avoid the possible TSA hassle. The things take up space and add weight.) OTC antihistamines? If you're taking those things on a regular basis, you're gonna have bigger problems than TSA; consult your physician.

And if you REALLY feel like you have to have that OTC/Supplement stuff, buy it when you get there.
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Old 12-03-2017, 12:13 PM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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What about prescriptions that are in a different person's name? Is that a problem with the TSA?
The TSA doesn't really care, outside the fluid restrictions and the issues regarding insulin/injectibles. I've never had the TSA look at anything except fluid cough medicine (in the Rx bottle). Customs (both US and foreign) cares.
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Old 12-03-2017, 12:16 PM
 
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i only take one script pill in its blister pack. all the rest are supplements. now the supplements (cinnamon, coconut oil, multivit, antioxidants, OTC antihistamines, magnesium), do they need to be in their original containers?
Why would you take them out of their original containers? If you buy OTC in large quantities, buy smaller sizes and keep the containers. If its an RX drug and you get them in large containers, like through mail order, ask the pharmacy to repackage a smaller amount in a labeled container.
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Old 12-03-2017, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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when TSA states that medications should be clearly labelled, does it mean we can carry supplements/pills in pill boxes with handmade labels? or is it that all medications should be in their original containers? i don't want to get snagged through the check in line just because of my medications. i'll be carrying both prescription pills (in their blister packs anyway) and supplements in my upcoming international travel
I have two asthma meds, one now OTC but the other prescriptions. I pop them in my "clear bag" that I take out for the scanner. They haven't given me trouble yet, the inhaler is in the original package w/prescription tag. The spray is green, and a commercial brand. I've been through airports dozens of times with these to date.
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Old 12-03-2017, 03:16 PM
 
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I have never had any problems with the US of all my pills (including Rx) being out of the original container, BUT you are not supposed to and I wouldn't if traveling internationally.

The supplements I would throw in a plastic bag, and put in my check in luggage. If they get taken no biggie.
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Old 12-03-2017, 07:59 PM
 
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Original stock bottles and Rx vials original labels only
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Old 12-03-2017, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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The supplements I would throw in a plastic bag, and put in my check in luggage. If they get taken no biggie.
Same here.


I buy supplements at Sams Club in large jars. If I have a week's worth of gelcaps in a plastic bag they can have them.
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Old 12-03-2017, 11:13 PM
 
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when TSA states that medications should be clearly labelled, does it mean we can carry supplements/pills in pill boxes with handmade labels? or is it that all medications should be in their original containers? i don't want to get snagged through the check in line just because of my medications. i'll be carrying both prescription pills (in their blister packs anyway) and supplements in my upcoming international travel
Do make sure your pills are in child-proof caps, not the easy-open type. The EZ open also come off very easily on their own accord. Once I went through TSA, the screener just pointed out my pills had broken open in the bottom of my purse. Oh, ok, thanks...but she didn't count them make sure they matched up, etc, etc.Probably because it was just an in-state flight, and the pills were just Naprosyn--RX strength, not something like pain pills, etc.


I find it best, especially if traveling to a foreign country, to carry OTC pills in their original brand-name bottles. Usually the name of the pill is stamped on each, like Tylenol. If you take vitamins, get a recognized brand, like Centrum, not the generic on sale.
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Old 12-04-2017, 01:02 AM
 
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What about prescriptions that are in a different person's name? Is that a problem with the TSA?
Can be, sure. Can also be a problem if found during a routine traffic stop. When traveling it's best to have prescription drugs in original bottles.
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