I am slowly getting back into flying after staying on the ground for almost 11 years. I have racked up a lot of miles during the last year. I have an upcoming trip on Monday from Alaska to Phoenix to look for apartments. I am flying to Seattle and then on to Phoenix. I will be in the air for about 5-6 hrs. I am still learning the rules with what I can and cannot put in a carry on bag.
Right now, I am currently being treated for the 3rd time for an upper respiratory infection (broncholitis/pneumonia) that keeps coming back. I should be done with my 3rd round of antibiotics and 2nd round of predisone by Sunday night. I still have a bad cough that sometimes leads to vomiting or using my emergency inhalers. I have also been prescribed cough syrup with hydrocodone to reduce the coughing. Can I take the prescribed cough syrup with my name on the prescription label in my carry on bag, on the plane even though it is over 3 ozs? I doubt I can transfer it to a smaller container. Can I take the inhalers?
I have thought about loading up on cough medicine before hand and put it in my check in bags. I don't want to take it if I don't need it. This stuff really knocks me out and I have a 45 minutes in Seattle to connect to the next plane. Being drugged up is going to make that challenging and interesting. On the other hand, I don't want to get into coughing fit 30,000 feet up and not have access to the cough syrup if I need it because I can't take it on the plane. I will take it if I find that I need it on the plane.
What do I tell security or TSA? Is there a way around this? I have never traveled with cough syrups or inhalers but at this point, I need to have these items on me in case I run into problems.