Medications are an invaluable part of modern healthcare, but keeping them organized can be somewhat of a challenge. The good news is that there are plenty of easy ways to keep your meds from getting lost or damaged in storage. In this post, we’ll explain how you can safely store all kinds of medications so that they’re ready for when you need them.
Sunlight is the #1 enemy of medication. The sun can cause the active ingredients to break down, rendering them less effective and possibly even harmful if not stored properly.
On a sunny day, you should keep your medications in a cool place, like your refrigerator or basement (but not freezer). If this isn’t an option for you, look for a safe place out of direct sunlight where they won’t be disturbed by children or pets; some people choose to store pills in their sock drawer or medicine cabinet because these areas are dark and unlikely to be accessed by little hands.
Heat will also degrade medications, so store your meds in a cool location.
An air-conditioned room or closet is ideal for storing medication. If you don’t have one of those options available to you, try to find an area that stays close to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) and away from direct sunlight.
Most people don’t think of their pets as potential hazards, but they can be. If you have a cat or dog, keep your medicines out of reach and don’t put them in food dishes.
If a child accidentally swallows a tablet, call the poison control centre +1 800-567-8911.
It’s important to keep all medications in the original container, either original box or bottle, with the label intact.
The longer you can store your medicines, the better. This is because each container has an expiration date on it that indicates when a particular medicine will be at full strength. If you have an unopened bottle of pills, for example, you’ll want to make sure they stay fresh until that date passes so that they’re still effective when taken later on. While most medications can be stored safely for years after their expiration dates (assuming they were stored correctly), some may lose potency quicker than others, depending on what ingredients are used in production and how sensitive those ingredients are to heat and humidity levels in different climates around the world.
If you’re unsure about whether something needs refrigeration or freezing during storage periods longer than 30 days–or if there’s any chance at all that it might go bad sooner rather than later–it’s best not only ask someone who knows what they’re talking about, but also check out online resources like Drugs dot com where pharmacists answer questions from patients like yours truly!
We hope this has been helpful for you. If you have any questions about storing your medications in self storage, send us an email!
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