If you are traveling with Trimix, you must take steps to keep it cool and ensure it remains effective. Indeed, like most penile injections, Trimix can only stay unrefrigerated for a few hours. So, let's go through our series of essential tips for ensuring your drug's effectiveness while enjoying your travels!
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Trimix Storage Instructions: Reminder!
Trimix is a medication commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction. It contains a combination of three active drugs (alprostadil, papaverine, and phentolamine) administered via penile injections.
While Trimix is an effective treatment, these drugs are quite unstable and require proper storage to maintain their potency and efficiency.
As a rule of thumb, Trimix must be stored and transported as follows:
- Open in-use Trimix vials should be stored in the refrigerator at 36°F - 46°F (2°C - 8°C) for about one month.
- They can be left at room temperature for short periods of time only (up to 24 hours at the most)
- Stocks of unopened Trimix vials should be stored in the freezer at 0°F - 31°F (-18°C - 0°) and can last for 6 months and up to one year.
Different compounding pharmacies manufacture Trimix with varying dosage. Your Trimix vials may have a different shelf life and temperature recommendations depending on its specific composition. Always refer to the storage instructions delivered with your medication.
How to Keep Trimix Cold While Traveling?
These strict storage conditions make traveling with Trimix challenging, as it can only stay at room temperature for a few hours. Travelers then need to find a way to transport their injections refrigerated (or frozen if traveling for over a month).
A medical-grade travel cooler is an essential item for anyone traveling with Trimix.
Use a Trimix travel case
4AllFamily designs travel coolers for people who rely on refrigerated drugs like Trimix.
We offer high-performing portable refrigerators that keep your penile injections refrigerated for up to several days (when running on battery power) or unlimited time (when plugged into a power source).
Depending on your lifestyle and the kind of travel you're planning, you can choose from a wide range of products to accommodate your needs.
With our Pioneer Travel Refrigerator, you can enjoy reliable refrigeration on the go. It is designed to maintain an inside temperature range of 36°F - 46°F (2°C - 8°C) for up to 12 hours using its battery, even in high temperatures of 104°F (40°C). Plus, with additional batteries, you can extend the refrigeration time for your travels by up to 12 hours per battery.
Alternatively, by plugging it into any USB or household power source, you can use it as a regular fridge with no time limit. So, whether camping, road-tripping, or relaxing in a hotel spa room, this travel fridge has got you covered!
If you’re looking for something a bit more basic, meet our Nomad Cooling bottle! It can hold up to 4 x 10mL vials of Trimix and keep them cold like in a fridge (36°F - 46°F (2°C - 8°C)) for 30 hours when it’s 95°F / 35°C outside!
With its large capacity, the Voyager is a good option if you’re traveling with many vials of Trimix. It works with 3 different cooling methods to accommodate any travel situation, from the most luxurious to the most adventurous.
- USB power + Freeze packs: it keeps fridge temperature for up to 50 hours when it’s 104°F (40°C).
- Freeze packs only (no electricity): your Trimix vials will be safe and refrigerated for 28 hours!
- USB power only (no freeze packs): the travel fridge maintains constant fridge temperature when the outside temperature is no higher than 95°F / 35°C!
All our travel coolers are TSA-approved for airplane travel, so you can legally board the plane with your Trimix vials refrigerated in your carry-on bags.
We're here to help. Should you have any doubts or inquiries, please leave a comment below or contact us.
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Freeze Trimix before traveling
To extend the shelf life of your Trimix vials while traveling, you can freeze them 24 hours before departure. That would ensure your drug remains colder for longer. If it's already frozen, take it out of the freezer at the last minute and put it in your travel cooler immediately.
Warning: Do not refreeze Trimix! Thawing and refreezing Trimix repeatedly is not recommended.
Keep your injections out of direct sunlight
Direct sunlight can cause your medication to overheat and lose its effectiveness. Therefore, always keep Trimix in a shaded area. Also, avoid leaving your medicines in the car, especially in hot climates, and only take them outside your cooler when needed.
Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature
4AllFamily’s Pioneer and Voyager travel fridges are equipped with an integrated thermostat and a temperature display.
But if you decide to use a DIY travel cooler, make sure to monitor the temperature inside regularly and adjust ice packs as necessary. Cooler bags made with insulated lunch bags and ice aren’t reliable enough to travel with Trimix injections as the temperature inside is fluctuating a lot.
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More Tips for Traveling with Trimix Injections
If you're flying with Trimix, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to ensure a hassle-free trip.
First, pack your injections in your carry-on bag, not your checked luggage. Keep the medication in its original packaging, and bring a copy of the prescription with you.
The Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) allows medical liquids such as injectable medications in amounts larger than 3.4 ounces, but they must be declared at security checkpoints. Of course, you're also allowed to fly with the syringes you need for your injections!
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