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Can't you take some of your own medicine - with you?

CAN'T YOU TAKE SOME OF YOUR OWN MEDICINE-WITH YOU?

As millions of Americans plan their travel itineraries for the upcoming warmer months, many will forget to consider their medical needs along with what to pack. An independent survey conducted by the New York-based Council on Family Health reports that one in five Americans forgets to take along medication for the trip and that one in eight includes it, but eventually runs out altogether. The disruption in regular routine that accompanies any trip, whether for business or pleasure, also takes its toll-one out of three ends up skipping scheduled dosages completely, a fact that leaves many health professionals worried.

"Staying on schedule with your medicines is extremely important, especially when treating chronic conditions such as diabetes or hypertension," says Council chairman Dr. Arthur Hull Hayes, Jr. "People should talk to their physicians and pharmacists ahead of time so they know what to do when crossing time zones or if their medication runs out," he adds.

To help travelers remember their medicines and the importance of adhering to dosage schedules, the council suggests that all travelers, especially those who take medicines on a regular basis, remember to: * Keep medication on your person at all times-never check it with luggage. * Carry a day's supply once you've reached your destination. * Bring enough medication and a list of prescriptions. * Keep health insurance ID card and information on hand. * Buy a language book that has medical phrases. * When traveling overseas, if an emergency arises that necessitates English-speaking medical advice, contact an American embassy or consulate.
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Title Annotation:travelers and medication
Publication:Medical Update
Date:Mar 1, 1991
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