5 Rules on How to Store Medicine Safely

Medicines are used to relieve symptoms, treat diseases, and manage conditions. They are generally safe when used and stored correctly. With over 82% of American adults taking at least one medication and 29% taking five or more, proper medicine storage is critical to maximizing them for optimal health while keeping everyone safe. 

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Here are five rules that can help you to store your medicines safely.

1. Store the Medicines in a Cool, Dry Place

Many of the medicines come with this instruction and for good reason. Excess heat, cold, light, and moisture can impact medication leading to a reduction in its potency. Many people keep their medicines in the kitchen and bathroom. However, the heat and humidity in these rooms can make them go bad. The best spaces to store your medicines at optimal conditions include a storage box on the top closet shelf or a dresser drawer. 

2. Keep the Medicines Out of Reach From Children

Each year more than 35,000 children are treated for accidentally taking medicines that belong to other family members. They may access it on the floor, in your purse, or bag. Not to mention the worrying teenage prescription medication addiction in the country. 

A study has revealed that a majority of teenagers addicted to prescription medication start by stealing medicines at home. So, make sure to store your medicines in a location that’s up and away and out of sight. And if you have a teenager or young adult in your home, lock the medicines away.

3. Store Your Medicine in the Original Container

Keeping your medicine in the original container protects it from elements like light, heat, and moisture. These elements have the potential to alter the active ingredient in the medicine or the stability of the formulation reducing its effectiveness and safety. Keeping the medicine in the original container and its label intact also ensures that you take the right medicine and dosage preventing any adverse drug events or ADEs.

4. Check the Storage Requirements When Traveling

Whether it’s a vacation or a one-day trip, ensure your medicines are stored correctly. For instance, some medicines may require room temperature while others may need refrigeration. 

If traveling by car:

  • Do not keep medicine in the car’s glove compartment as it can get warm, cold, or wet
  • Store the medicine in a small bag or purse and take them with you whenever possible

If traveling by plane:

  • Keep the medicines in the carry-on bag
  • Keep the medicines in their original container
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist on the best storage precautions for each medicine before traveling

5. Take Inventory

Every three to six months, take an inventory of the drugs you have at home. Dispose of old and expired prescriptions. If the expiration date is not clear, use your senses to check its color and smell. If it’s compromised or leaves you in doubt, discard it.

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