Medications to be taken regularly
Due to having to adjust to a different time of day, problems can arise in the regular taking of medications. If you must take a medication at regular intervals, we recommend that you consult a doctor before a flight across several time zones.
Since the amount of insulin to be injected is linked with the mealtime rhythm, the time components play an especially important role. So we have complied some important advice for people affected by diabetes mellitus.
Advice for passengers suffering from diabetes mellitus
The contraceptive pill
Certainty in contraception is best achieved by taking an extra pill when you take a Westbound flight and the day lengthens by at least six hours. We recommend you consult your doctor on this point in advance.
Medications in carry-on luggage
Medications packaging should be proof against knocks and shocks and the medications you need should if possible be spread around several carry-on luggage items. It's advisable to take in your carry-on luggage about one-and-a-half to twice the amount you expect to need. In exceptional cases flights can be diverted or their departure is delayed for a long time - even if you are already sitting in the aircraft.
Passing through Customs with medications
If you have medications and injection needles in your carry-on luggage, it's advisable to have a doctor's certificate with you which confirms that it is medical material for personal needs.
Loss of medications
Just in case you lose your medications during your journey or in the destination country, you should ask your doctor to provide you with an overview of your blood group and other important personal health data, as well as the dosage of the medications and their generic names (non-protected under commodity law, internationally free names of medications). You should also have with you the documents you need for treatment or issuing of prescriptions in a foreign country. Obtain information on them from your doctor or your health insurance company.