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I was hesitant to take the Forteo on a week's vacation, but my girlfriend convinced me that I should. I packed it in the small hard plastic case and then the black zipper case with the two small frozen gel packs on each side. I also put one of the bigger frozen gel packs in the bottom of [U]another[/U] zipper case (LL Bean) and put the black one on top and zipped it all closed. So it had 3 frozen gel thingies, and it's a good thing I did.

Lilly recommended to NOT run the pen through the x-ray machine at the airport, so I pulled the pen & plastic box out to show the TSA guy but let the bags go on through the x-ray machine. They checked out the pen and plastic box, then I put them back in the bags and continued on. TSA did not ask me for a prescription or any paperwork. The total travel time was probably 10 hours, so by the time I got to the hotel, the packs were pretty soft but still cold.

The hotel had a "cooler" in the room but no refrigerator. The cooler was only slightly cooler than the room. I had brought ziplock baggies and packed them with ice on each side of the pen in the black case, put it in the cooler and put a big bucket of ice in next to it. I had to change the ice 2x a day because it melted pretty fast.

The only problem was in getting the gel packs frozen again for the trip home. Luckily I had a friend in the area who froze them for me. I don't know if the hotel would have done it or not. I must remember to take a thermometer if I travel again to a hotel with a real refrigerator.

The pen seemed to stay cool enough, and I'm glad I took it even though it was a nuisance. Thought maybe someone would be interested in my experience.
Rosegarden,
Glad to hear that it worked out for you. A thermometer is essential since refrigerators, especially the ones in hotels can get too cold and freeze the pen. The easiest way I found to travel with the pen was to use the ice chests and ice packs that the insurance company shipped the pen in. That way I was able to ask the hotels to freeze the ice packs for a few hours and used ice in the ice chest in the meantime.
I agree, that it is very iffy with the motel/hotel fridges because of the potential to freeze. While the thermometer is great at home, when you are travelling , you run the risk of the contents freezing while you find out the temp. You just don't know how the little fridge cycles and maybe you put it in at a low time in the cycle and it gets real cold while you are sleeping. Too much risk to me. I travelled with an extra set of gel packs. So, while one set is put in a freezer, the other is in use.Because the second set of gel packs doesn't fit in the black travel case, I also took a small syrofoam container for use when using the larger gel packs. A little bit of hassle but no worries about freezing the pen.
[QUOTE=Rosegarden;3215278]I was hesitant to take the Forteo on a week's vacation, but my girlfriend convinced me that I should. I packed it in the small hard plastic case and then the black zipper case with the two small frozen gel packs on each side. I also put one of the bigger frozen gel packs in the bottom of [U]another[/U] zipper case (LL Bean) and put the black one on top and zipped it all closed. So it had 3 frozen gel thingies, and it's a good thing I did.

Lilly recommended to NOT run the pen through the x-ray machine at the airport, so I pulled the pen & plastic box out to show the TSA guy but let the bags go on through the x-ray machine. They checked out the pen and plastic box, then I put them back in the bags and continued on. TSA did not ask me for a prescription or any paperwork. The total travel time was probably 10 hours, so by the time I got to the hotel, the packs were pretty soft but still cold.

The hotel had a "cooler" in the room but no refrigerator. The cooler was only slightly cooler than the room. I had brought ziplock baggies and packed them with ice on each side of the pen in the black case, put it in the cooler and put a big bucket of ice in next to it. I had to change the ice 2x a day because it melted pretty fast.

The only problem was in getting the gel packs frozen again for the trip home. Luckily I had a friend in the area who froze them for me. I don't know if the hotel would have done it or not. I must remember to take a thermometer if I travel again to a hotel with a real refrigerator.

The pen seemed to stay cool enough, and I'm glad I took it even though it was a nuisance. Thought maybe someone would be interested in my experience.[/QUOTE]
Thank you for your post on traveling with this pesky drug. I have a slightly different problem, which is travelling to Australia...I ordered a huge cooler item but it is still only guaranteed for 24 hours, and I think my travel time will come right up on that as I have a connecting flight to Tasmania...I am hoping that some one who does a lot of traveling will have some helpful hints on things like getting a refill in Australia, other cooling methods, and what happens if I have to stop all together for the month? Can I just restart? I have only been on Forteo for three days...and the trip isn't until late Feb., so I have lots of time to plan.
Hi Quiz: Hopefully someone will post with a good suggestion, but if you have to stop, I think that would be okay. I had to stop forteo for a month for other reasons and it didn't cause any noticeable problems. I had an elevated calcium level that had to be monitored, so I stopped the injection for one month. Because I had to do that it will extend my time on forteo for one month. Instead of stopping it at 24 mos I will take it through the 25th month.

I hope you don't have to stop it and find a solution to your travel plans. Did you try calling Eli Lily and asking them for some suggestions?

Good Luck...
Thank you both for responding to my travel questions...I will be Downunder for a month, and while I have called the airlines, I haven't tried Eli Lilly yet, but I have their number sitting right here.
It is good to know that one can stop forteo, if all else fails while traveling though I hope that doesn't happen.
I am starting to adjust to the whole idea of having to do this, and all your support is really helpful.
I have ordered a case that will probably work...I will see when it gets here...so much new stuff and so much to learn about.
My next quest is pilates and osteo.
Thanks a lot,
Quiz





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