Hi! I hope everyone is fine or at least in that road! I am currently planning ( I still have not bought the flight ticket because of something that scares me) a trip to Spain. If I manage to overcome my fear since it would be my first time traveling alone to a foreign country plus even though I am a native Spanish speaker is not the same as me traveling in the US or around Puerto Rico. I am a type 2 with my only medication that is insulin(lantus) with a thyroid condition that for now has decided to go into undecided status( sounds like my the political status and me in some aspects of my life) from being a hyperthyroid. My thyroid condition is currently in the observation phase with no meds since 7 months ago.

My trip as I am scheduling would be for 15 to 16 days (I should not count the first day since I would be traveling to get there, although the last one I get on the same day jaja). My biggest fear for me would be that I might run out from my insulin or that the vial would break. I currently a vegetarian that uses 18 units at the most 25 in some days once a day. Would you suggest me getting two lantus pen or taking my current vial that I am using plus a pen. I was considering in getting those portable fridge as in the medi-fridge? As for glucose monitor I would be taking it in the check bag. Or should I take it with me as a carry-on. For sure I would be leaving that at the hotel not with me during my trips around. I am concern about pickpockets and I want to blend in jaja well try because it would be hard with my orthopedic shoes or I should unless I speak. jaja

I am trying as well checking the insulin cost without coverage or insurance over there. I have called and checked several insurance companies that cover residents of Puerto Rico to see if they covered people with pre-existing conditions, but they tell they do not cover anything that is related to my pre-existing condition as for example a emergency refill in case my vial breaks while I am traveling or a sudden spike of blood sugar which for me is very rarely but with diabetes you never know.. I am also wondering if I should get a travel insurance?

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I live in Toronto Canada but am in Barcelona right now on a two week vacation. There seems to be a pharmacy/ drug store on every corner of this city. I went in to ask if they had needle tips for my Lantus or Apidra pens and they do NOt. They have disposable needles only. I keep my spare vials in the hotle room fridge but i also have a "Frio" pouch for the flight here and a car trip planed to Bilbao on friday.
Hope you do makebthe trip as this city and country are beutiful.

That sucks about the needle tips so I guess I would not be getting the pen and if I do I would need to take extra tips and re-use them wisely in the worse case scenario. Plus I forgot to ask you did you had the opportunity to check how much do the needles cost? I mean the disposable ones without insurance. Hope I am not asking to much!.

Sorry I didnt think to ask as i dont use them, but, the impression i got was that they were very cheap. Make sure you bring everything in you cary on not your checked baggage. At the Barcelona airport customs was a joke they barely looked at our passports as they stamped them and there was no luggage check point. I always split my supplies including spare pens between my wifes bag and mine. If i get a chance i will pop into a pharmacy and ask about pricing.

If you could ask them about how much is the Lantus I would appreciated! Barcelona would be my departure airport!

I just did a search at google.es and it looks like Lantus is 76euros for a box of 5 vials.

The chain pharmacy under my hotel near "las ramblas" quoted me €77 for a box of 5 vials they also clarified that they only have these cardrriges/vials that go in the pens aand that they dont have the disposible syrenges (sic). They also quoted me €47 for a box of 5 vials of Apidra and €138 for 2 disposible pens of Victoza the pharmacist statef that normally a prescription is required but if you came in with an emergency need they would gladly help you out (same thing happens in Ontsrio Canada
Hope this helps
Btw for others almost everyone in Spain's cities speaks some English and the pharmacist I dealt with wanted to speak english eith me even I'm fluent in Spanish




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