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Traveling with copaxone

This will be the first time since I am on copaxone that I will be traveling...I am going to Bahamas...Will they let you  bring the copaxone with you on the plane? Has anyone had any problems at the airports?
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I recently flew to NC overnight.  I only took a few pre-filled syringes with me to cover the one night and any potential delays (from snow and ice in NC and OH).  I got a pat-down going and coming back because my knee replacement triggers the walk through scanner and they don't use the wand anymore.  The drugs, syringes and needles were never mentioned.

I carried the Copaxone in the zippered case Shared Solutions provides along with the top of the Copaxone box that has the Rx information pasted to it.  I had that in an extra carry-on case with my other Rx medications.  You don't want to chance freezing or loss by placing it in checked bags.  I didn't think about it at the time but I guess the case went through their scanner.

The hotel gave me a small sharps container when I asked them if they had any wall mounted units for disposal.  Before I left, I passed that along to a diabetic relative who could fill it and then take care of disposal for me
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Have a wonderful trip!  I loved, loved, loved the Bahamas the one time I got to go there. Sooooo laid back and relaxing.

Mary
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I agree with Mary that you should carry the med in your purse or carry-on, making sure you have the prescription label with you. Just based on 'you never know,' and it's an easy thing to do.

And by the way---  the Bahamas?? When so many of us are freezing our keisters off?  :-)

Have a wonderful time, and think of us while you get a bit of sunshine.

ess
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My neuro provided me with a letter that states that when I travel I need to carry liquid medication in syringes as well as gel packs to keep it cool.  I also had him sign the little trave card that the Copaxone people supplied me with.  I bring it in my carry on and show it to airport security when they ask if I am carrying any liquids.  I havent ever had a problem getting through with it in Canadian and European airports.  When travelling in the U.S. they seem to scrutinize a bit more, but always wave me through.  One security guy actually read the letter, I think that was at LAX.
There is no problem having it in your bag and going through the Xray machine.  At least I was told that a couple of years ago, dont know if that has changed.
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I carry Copaxone and my other meds all the time.  My network cables and other computer stuf cause me more problems than the syringes.  

Bob
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I have traveled with copaxone on an airplane and had no problems.  Carry it with you on your carryon. Went through security in both directions without being stopped.  Did have my perscription with me just in case I was questioned though.

My husband made a sharpie case for me out of an old vitamin bottle (the thick kind). Wrote all over it that it had sharp objects in it.  Worked like a charm.

Julie
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I'm with eveyrone else  - traveled with them many times with no problem.  Just keep them in your bag that you have with you.  Often the smaller planes take your carry on bag as you get aboard - so don't let your copaxone ride in the belly of the plane.  The temp at alttitude is way too cold and will ruin your copaxone.

Enjoy the Bahamas - I could use a dose of Caribbean blue.  
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    Thanks I have the  travel case shared soultions sent me... My doctor is going to give me a letter too. Thank you everyone...This will be out first Trip without the kids (they are 18 & 20)  It has been 22 years ...since we went away alone....Its strange  as much as I am looking forward to going just the two of us...I miss the kids already!!! :)  Linda
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I use one of the BD Safe Clip Insulin Syringe Needle Clipper that are about $5 to $7.  I do this because lots of hotels don't have sharps containers.  I found out that most airport rest rooms have sharps disposal containers .  I just drop the needle-less glass syringes there.

Bob
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Wow Thanks bob I didnt know the airport Restrooms have sharps disposal containers!! Thats good to know I will look for them!!  I also bought a needle clip  they are great!! :)
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