When getting ready for a trip, there are a few smart strategies that can help everything run smoothly:

Plan Ahead

  • 1. Make sure you have enough of your medications for the duration of your trip, plus extra supplies in case of any unexpected travel delays. Some domestic and international destinations require you to have prescription labels ready to show when traveling with medication, so also check ahead of time about requirements for arrival and departure.

Make sure medicine is accessible

  • 2. If traveling by plane, your medicines can be stored in either your carry-on or checked baggage—but it may be best to keep them in your carry-on for immediate access. During your trip, you should be prepared to take any prescribed medications exactly as your doctor has instructed.

Take your calcium

  • 3. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the signs that your calcium levels may be too low or too high, so you can identify when you might need medical help. Signs that your calcium level is too low may include experiencing a tingling sensation or muscle spasms. If your calcium level is too high, you may experience symptoms like nausea or abdominal pain.

Have medical records on you

  • 4. Consider taking a medical alert bracelet or card with you. Items like these can help inform healthcare providers of your medical needs. If you have an iPhone, you can set up your Medical ID on the Health app to include HypoPara in the medical conditions section, in case you ever need emergency help.

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HypoPara=hypoparathyroidism; PTH=parathyroid hormone.