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Thread: Medications OTC and Prescriptions

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    Medications OTC and Prescriptions

    I'll be travelling to Aruba at the end of the month and I am wondering about my prescription medication.
    Has anyone traveled with prescription medication overseas/internationally, and what documentation did you actually need to get through security/customs to and from the USA? What about OTC Medication like Tylenol, Zyrtech, and Vitamins?
    I have been trying to find information and ask everyone I know about this because I don't want to be clueless on travelling to Aruba with my prescriptions, and I am not getting clear info, and i'm getting really frustrated and confused. I want to do the right thing and I don't want my meds taken away at customs! I have been to travel.state.gov, TSA, cbp.gov/travel, and Aruba Tourism site, and this one and and they really are not specific on WHAT exactly I need to do. I'm really worried about this.
    I read on travel.state.gov reads "Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription". Doctors send prescriptions electronically now, and they no longer write them out, so, I would not have that. TSA also said original pharmacy bottles/labels but no specifics on documentation. I also read that sometimes they want a note from your doctor about your medical conditions and why you are taking meds. TSA said to contact Customs and Border people, so I sent them an email. Some people have reported just travelling with their meds in a sorter (without labels and docs) with no issues. So, i'm really confused.
    Any help would be great, thanks!

    --JW, Chicago, IL

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    Welcome to the Aruba.com Community Forum!

    I have traveled with OTC meds in their original bottles & prescriptions in their original bottles and have never had a problem or ever even been questioned. If you are concerned about it I would have a note written by the Dr who prescribed the med(s) to keep with you.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ



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    welcome to the forum jennlynn

    we travel with otc meds..tylenol, advil, zyrtec, benadryl

    scripts.......the only script is lisinopril and that is not in its original container. it is in the day pill planner thing with vitamins.

    all in our carry on and no one gives a 2nd look

    medical marijuana is not allowed in aruba even with a valid USA script. (not that you inquired, i am just adding that in)

    you do not need to carry the written script
    it is a non issue
    no worries at all re: your carrying your otc and scripts.

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    Thanks for joining us on the forum. Nice to have you here. Neither DW nor I have ever had a problem with scripts (4-5 different ones) in the original bottle or with OTC pain relievers etc.... no worries.

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    Never had an issue with meds that are in the prescribed containers BUT I did carry a letter from my physician about being a Type 1 diabetic when I used to travel with syringes in my carry-on; I was never questioned about those either.

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    I throw all of my vitamins in a zip lock bag and all of my scripts and otc in another zip lock bag. Everything is in my carry on and has never been questioned. I do carry an insulated medical bag with my insulin pens on ice, along with my CGM sensors and a spare transmitter. It gets hand checked at every screening and has never been questioned.



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    No issues with medication. I carry blood pressure medication on my carryon for decades and have never been questions or stopped.

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    Thank you everyone, this info was all very helpful, and really calmed my anxiety. I really appreciate it!

    --Jenn






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    I print out my medication history paperwork from my pharmacy and keep it with my carry on. I have never been ask for anything. No worries! ; )

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