How To Store Medicines At Home Smartly?

For most of us, our homes are a safe haven, and a place of refuge from the outside world. Each year, around 6000 children are brought to an emergency room for medicine poisoning just because they have gotten it from the vitamins, supplements, etc. These accidents can happen quickly, with kids finding medicines in ways as well as places you might not expect. There are various factors that can damage your medication, including light, moisture, heat, air, etc. However, it will be good to take some time to sort out a proper storage space for your medications as well as supplements. By doing this, it can lower the risk of taking expired supplements. 

Every medication comes with its own recommended storage condition, like room temperature, freezing, refrigeration. Therefore, it is advisable to check with your pharmacist about all the storage instructions.

Here are some tips that will help you to store medicines at home:

  • Humidity: All medications as well as supplements that do not need refrigeration can be kept in a cool and dry place. Excess of humidity can also affect the efficacy of all the medicines. It means storing the medications in the toilet or above the sink is out of the question. You can pick a cabinet or sideboard in the kitchen which should be a good distance away from dampness, or also running water.
  • Child Safety: Because of their appearance, pills and tablets may fool impressionable children into believing that they are candies. It is necessary to ensure that medicines and supplements are stored in out of the reach and the sight of children. Child-proof cabinets or latches can also lower the risk of having the medicines that are accessed by mistake.
  • Cold Storage: Not all medications are required to be refrigerated. In many of the medications and their packages available, specific storage instructions are mentioned. It is advisable to read them before granting them any kind of space in your icebox. Always choose a top shelf to avoid any threat of contamination.
  • Neat and tidy: Try to keep your medicines organized. Cluttered medicine cabinets have always led to confusion resulting in the consumption of wrong medication. Also, take note of the expiry dates on each, and also giving a proper label to every drug. Keep a first aid kit in handy with you and at the closer region.

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There are some essential items that you should include in your first aid kit:

                        1. Sterile gauze

                        2. Plastic Plaster

                        3. Elastic Bandage

                        4. Surgical Tape

                        5. Tweezers

                        6. Antiseptic Cream

                        7. Sterile Saline

  • Dispensing with needs: There may come a time when you or your family member have to take one or more medications on a regular basis. It is your duty to ensure that you are taking the daily doses on a timely basis. But, another fact is that the vials, plastic bags of medications get overwhelming. So, always use pillboxes in order to help streamline your timings as well as doses.
  • Keep track of the expiry dates: It is most important to keep track of the expiry dates of the medications by asking the team of the online pharmacy to put some kind of information on your vial. You yourself can also put the information to keep the record that which medicine is exhausting its expiry date. Do not take the medicine if the expiry date has passed as it could lead to severe health conditions.

Last but not the least, always keep a list of all the meds and supplements you are taking handy so that you can easily cross-check what you need on a daily basis. You can also carry that with you if you are going on a vacation.

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Janet Fudge

Janet Fudge writes on general health topics for She holds a post-graduate diploma in Public Health with a major in epidemiology. During the outbreak of COVID-19, Janet actively volunteered in vaccination drives throughout the state of Iowa. She lives in Iowa with her husband and two children.