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In-flight Emergencies And Medicines You Must Carry On Your Travels

In-flight Emergencies And Medicines You Must Carry On Your Travels


In-flight emergencies occur almost every day. According to experts, in-flight medical problems happen to every 15 out of 100 passengers. Flights can cause turbulence, nausea, vomiting, and so much more which can spoil the whole journey. To cope up with all of these problems, experts recommend that it is imperative for people to understand the essential nature of medical in-flight emergencies and critical aspects of the environment to help prepare beforehand. While some might be recommended to avoid alcohol others might not even get permission to fly depending on their medical condition.

Therefore travellers should realize the importance of being aware of risks associated with in-flight medical emergencies because once you take the responsibility of planning for any known medical condition and keep certain necessary medicines in your travel bag, you can easily stand by the test of time. In this article medical experts at Click Pharmacy list the common medical problems faced in-flight and their remedies:

Nausea, Vomiting and Migraine:

Nausea & Vomiting is reported as the third common medical emergency during flights. Such symptoms mostly end up causing migraine or maybe the other way around i.e. a migraine can be the cause of these symptoms.

In both cases, sumatriptanis recommended to eliminate both the causes and symptoms. It belongs to a class of drugs which reduces the swelling of blood vessels in the head and makes you able to keep going with daily routine and other travel activities of your life.

Rizatriptan can also be used to provide instant relief to people experiencing migraine. This medicine is highly recommended by most of the travel experts because of its minimal side effects. However, it is highly recommended to get your doctors approval if you have a medical history.


Due to the change of weather and atmosphere in flight, the possibility of allergens getting triggered also increases. In some cases, the allergies become so severe that it can be a fatal threat to the traveller.

The type of treatment depends upon the nature and cause of the allergy. If a person suffers from the constant cycle of fever during the flight, it can be treated using Telfast which prevents the chemical histamine from producing any allergy reaction.

Other than that, running nose and sneezing is also experienced by a lot of people in the plane which can be treated by using a nasal spray such as Nasonex. It contains the active ingredient mometasone which eliminates the nasal symptoms of allergic reaction.

Heart Disease:

Heart disease is reported as one of the most common medical emergencies during flight. A few simple precautions can help to make your journey risk free if you have a medical history of heart problems.

Most people prefer to take their prescriptions along with them but during the flights as it is highly unlikely that you would get these medicines from anywhere near in case you need them urgently. So a precautionary check of your medical kit before you board can be a real lifesaver.

Some people who are suffering from severe heart diseases are suggested to take additional oxygen or compression stockings with them during the flight.

However in case of an emergency blood thinners can prove to be an effective instant relief.

Other than the problems aforementioned the possibility of getting blood clots in legs increases if someone has a history of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). Therefore, it is highly recommended to move around and have a little walk in the aisle. These small steps can help you go a long way to have a safer journey.

Lastly, the most important aspect is to share your travel plan with your doctor to let him give you the best advice on the precautions which you might need to take.

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Janet Fazio
    December 4, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Great tips! As a runner, I can attest to the benefits of compression socks on flights. I would recommend them to everyone.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      December 5, 2018 at 10:05 am

      I’m glad you agree and thank you for reading!

  2. Shannah
    December 6, 2018 at 1:42 am

    This is a great reminder as we go into the biggest travel season of the year. I usually carry a few of these in my purse like ibuprofen and anti nausea medicine.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 11, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      Yes, great things to carry!

  3. Tiffani
    December 6, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    These are all great things to make sure you have, at any time! Especially if you suffer from any major illnesses!

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 11, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      Yes, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

  4. John Gatesby
    January 10, 2022 at 6:38 am

    I think getting yourselves checked thoroughly before boarding an airplane is important if you face serious medical problems. In my case I suffer from phobia of travelling by airplane, so it becomes really tough for me.
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    • Carmen Edelson
      January 10, 2022 at 2:38 pm

      Sorry to hear that, good luck John!

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