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How can I avoid medication errors while I'm traveling?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
These tips will help prevent pill problems while you're on vacation (or on your third business trip of the month):
  • Consider getting digital prescriptions, if possible. They're easier to fill remotely than handwritten notes.
  • Always pack more medicine than you'll need. I always get calls over the holidays and on summer vacations from patients who say, "I'm stuck here and completely out of my meds—please help!" Smart patients wouldn't let this happen to them.
  • Don't check your pills into your baggage at the airport. You'll go to Cleveland, they'll go to Haiti, it's a hassle.
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These tips will help prevent pill problems while you're on vacation (or on your third business trip of the month): Consider getting digital prescriptions, if possible. They're easier to fill remotely than handwritten notes. Always pack more medicine than you need and be sure to have a copy with you of any ongoing prescriptions you take. 

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