How to Safely Store Medication

Are you storing your medication safely? Storing prescription and over-the-counter medicines incorrectly could reduce potency, or even put your health at risk!

Here are some tips on how to store medication in your home, the right way.

Keep Medications in a Cool, Dry Place

Most medications should be stored in specific conditions. Generally, this means a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and moisture. Why? Because heat and humidity can cause medications to degrade quickly. And in turn, compromised medications could be less effective and even harmful if taken!

So, it’s important to avoid storing medications in the bathroom, or in the kitchen above the stove where humidity and temperature can fluctuate. Instead, store medications in a high cabinet or a secure drawer, where temperatures are more consistent. Need help rearranging your medication? Give us a call!

Keep Medications Out of Reach

Many medications can be dangerous if taken by someone other than the intended patient. This includes both prescription, and over-the-counter medication. Make sure all medications are stored in a safe location, like a locked cabinet or drawer that can only be accessed by those who need them.

If you don’t have a secure place to store your medicines, consider shopping for a lockbox. Ideally, choose one that has a pin code or combination lock, for extra security. Just remember to properly lock your medicine box after every use.

Store Medications Separately

When storing multiple medications, it’s important to keep them separated to avoid mix-ups. Keep medications in their original packaging with the labels intact, and avoid mixing medications from different containers. This way, it’s easier to take the right medication, in the right dosage, at the right time.

Check the Expiry of Medications

Expired medications can be less potent or even harmful! Most medications will have an expiry date printed on the packaging. So, check labels regularly for use-by dates, and dispose of expired medications safely and promptly. Don’t throw expired medications in the bin or flush them down the toilet. Instead, take them to your local pharmacy for proper disposal. Sometimes medications may be within their expiry date, but may taste, smell, or look unusual. If you notice any change in your medication, call your pharmacist promptly.

Note: Specific medications may have unique storage requirements. For any questions about medicine storage or medications in general, consult your pharmacist or GP.

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