Medication on vacation

To make sure you stay healthy when you take a trip, don't leave your medications at home! And keep these tips in mind:

  • Before your trip, review your dosage schedules with your doctor or pharmacist, especially if you'll be crossing time zones - you may have to take your medications at different times.
  • Some drugs can make you more sensitive to the sun and heat - check labels for warnings, or ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Keep with you a list of all the medications you take and their dosages, your doctors' phone numbers, and health insurance information. Be sure that you know both the brand name and the generic name of your medications.
  • Be sure that you have more than enough supply of your medication. If your condition has flare-ups, take along enough medication to cover you through a flare-up.
  • Don't put your medicines in checked luggage. Keep them with you, and bring enough to last the whole trip; when you go on an outing, carry along a day's supply.
  • Store medicines away from direct sunlight or high heat; a beach bag or your car's trunk or glove compartment aren't good places to keep medicines.

And finally, enjoy your trip!

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