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Old 05-11-2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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Question abut medications

Do OTC medications like tums, Tylenol, etc need to be in original packaging? I have little pill pouches in my baggalini that are unmarked will this be a problem?
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:39 PM   #3
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No. I carry them in a generic container with no issues. Controlled substances should be in prescription containers
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:43 PM   #4
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Do OTC medications like tums, Tylenol, etc need to be in original packaging? I have little pill pouches in my baggalini that are unmarked will this be a problem?
AFAIK, OrangeCountyCommuter is correct, only prescriptions need to be in their original packaging. Or, at least, you need to have the prescription with it.

As to the OTC stuff, I have several smaller bottles (generic labeled) that I use when traveling so that I don't have to have the bigger bottles in my bags. And that way there is some sort of labeling as to what the stuff is.
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:42 PM   #5
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I am never quite sure why people worry about medications. First of all the only ones that the authorities would be concerned about are controlled substances ( narcotic pain killers, benzodiazepines, stimulants etc.). Second, the worry is about illegal use of these (one or 2 pills vs. 100) and third all pills can be identified with or without the bottle (let's be honest you can put 40 percocet in a bottle marked penicillin and it is still percocet). So in reality if you are traveling with a controlled substance you should have it in the correct bottle and only bring as many as you will need for your vacation. (You would be amazed by how easily extras seem to go missing.) Everything else can be in one container provided you know what each pill is.
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I have this blood pressure pill, Micardis, that is in a moisture-proof individual packs. Those things are a pain in the butt to pack, because the prescription label in on a huge box. Nice to know i can just bring the individual packaged pill, vs the whole box.
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Florida apparently does have a law that any prescription medications be carried in their proper bottles/packaging. That said, nobody is really going to pay any attention assuming you have the meds packed in your suitcase and there is no other cause for police inspection (FL state law, not customs/immigration/federal). As a PP mentioned, bring a copy of the prescription label to prove what it is. DH has traveled with those day-of-the-week pill containers and had no problem. Agree that any controlled substances should be kept in their original container. OTC meds should be fine.
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I've never had any trouble, and I just pack my "pill-a-day" carrier for the week. Otherwise I forget what I've taken and what I haven't.

I also always have my unmarked inhaler and epipen with me wherever I go, and I've never had trouble with those either. (I mean unmarked as in, no prescription label, not that they aren't marked with the substance.)
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