Travelling with acromegaly
Having acromegaly should hopefully not make any difference in your ability to travel.
If you are planning to be away for several weeks, then it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor about your travel plans. This will ensure that you will not miss any important appointments, and you can ask for a letter explaining your condition and any medication you are using, if needed.
Here you can find out about getting travel insurance and travelling with medication.
Getting travel insurance
If you are planning a trip away, whether it is for a few days or a few weeks or more, getting travel insurance can give you peace of mind.
A big concern for many people with chronic conditions, and not just acromegaly, is what will happen if they get sick while away from home, particularly if in another country.
Some insurance companies may be reluctant to offer travel insurance to people with chronic conditions as they may be more likely to make a claim.
However, it is possible to get travel insurance, and it could offer you the reassurance you need to travel without the worry of what may happen if you get sick or lose something valuable.
Check out your options before booking your travel and be prepared to ask several companies before taking out your insurance in order to get the best deal.
Travelling with medication
Travelling with medication can pose challenges. Below are some general tips and advice to make travel easier:
- Keep medications in their original, labelled containers
Pack all your medications in your carry-on luggage in their original, labelled containers. This will help expedite security and customs screening
- Prescription medication is exempt from the liquid restrictions
You may bring liquid prescription medication in excess of 100 mL in your carry-on bag. However, these medications must be presented to the screening officer separately from your carry-on bag
- Use the Family/Special Needs security line at the airport
The screening agents in this line are specially trained to offer assistance to those with special medications
- Carry a copy of your original prescription
This is helpful in the event that your medication is lost or stolen. Make sure both the generic and brand name of the medication are included
- Check the laws of the country you are going to visit
Contact the foreign government office in Canada of the country you are going to visit to ensure that your medication is legal and allowed into the country. In some cases you may need special documentation
- Do not buy medication outside of Canada
Unless your healthcare provider advises otherwise, do not buy medication outside of Canada. Some medications may be counterfeit or not meet Canadian standards
- Check how your medication should be stored
Read the Patient Information leaflet that comes with your medication to check how the medication should be stored. If your medication needs to be kept cool, check how long you will be travelling and, if going to a hot climate, invest in a specialist medical cooler bag
- Wear a medical alert bracelet
If you are taking any medication for acromegaly, or other medical condition, and are travelling away from home, particularly if in another country, it is also good idea to carry medical identification with you or wear a medical alert bracelet in case of an emergency
If in doubt, consult someone in your healthcare team for advice on travelling with medication or ask your local patient support group for help.
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