where do you store your medicine

Where should you store your medicine?

Medication expiration date guidelines 

Where should you store your medicine? 


Storage of medicines ideally in a cool, dry place. For example, store it in your dresser drawer or a kitchen cabinet away from the stove, sink, and any hot appliances. You can also store medicine in a storage box, on a shelf, in a closet. If you are like most people, you probably store your medicine in a bathroom cabinet.

You should be able to access medicines that you need, when you need to take or use them

Five places where it is not safe to keep medicines:

Don’t store medications in an area with high moisture (as, avoid storing in a your bathroom that with a shower or bathtub, or in a kitchen cabinet near the dishwasher or stove) If possible, store medications in the coolest area of the house away from the sun rays and remember to keep all your medicine away from children.

How long can you store medicine?

Most of pill or tablet medications will last longer than a liquid form. 
Medicines have expiry dates so you know when to use them by. After the expiry date medicines may not be safe or as effective. You should not take medicines after their expiry date. If you’ve had a medicine for a while, check the expiry date before using it.

What does the ‘expiry date’ mean | Where should you store your medicine? 

The expiry date usually means that you should not take the medicine after the end of the month given.
For example, if the expiry date is July 2020, you should not take the medicine after 31 July 2020.

Some medicines are given a short expiry date, such as:

·  prepared antibiotic mixtures: when the pharmacist adds water to powdered antibiotic, it changes the stability of the product, and the pharmacist will give it an expiry date of 1 or 2 weeks, depending on the product 
·  eyedrops: these are usually given an expiry date of 4 weeks after first opening the container, because your eyes are particularly sensitive to any bacteria that might get into the eyedrops

How long can medicine be kept after opening?

Excluding certain medicines such as nitroglycerin, insulin, and liquid antibiotics, most medicines stored under reasonable conditions retain at least 70% to 80% of their original potency for at least 3 months.
you may find some medicines labeled with “discard 7 days after opening“.

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Expired medical products can be less effective or risky due to a change in chemical composition or a decrease in strength. Certain expired medications are at risk of bacterial growth and sub-potent antibiotics can fail to treat infections, leading to more serious illnesses and antibiotic resistance.



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