Proper Medication Storage: Tips and Tricks

Proper Medication Storage: Tips and Tricks

Properly storing medications is crucial, not only by keeping them out of reach of children but also by considering temperature and humidity levels.

Each medication undergoes clinical trials, with one crucial aspect being the integrity of the drug. The integrity is tested within specific ranges of temperature, humidity, and expiration dates to find an ideal condition that allows the drug to maintain its integrity and quality over the prescribed time. Storing medications correctly ensures that the dosage matches the prescription provided by the doctor.

Most medications are best stored at room temperature (68-77 degrees Fahrenheit) in a dry, dark, and cool place for optimal integrity. Placing medications in the bathroom or kitchen exposes them to moisture and higher temperatures, which can lead to the immediate degradation of tablets or capsules and may affect topical products.

Many manufacturers recommend discarding medications if they have been stored outside the recommended temperature range for more than 5 hours. This is because they can no longer guarantee the medication's strength as it was before. It is crucial to monitor the appearance, smell, and taste of medications before taking them.

Recommended ranges for medication requiring room temperature is 68-77 degrees F and refrigerated temperature is between 36-46 degrees F.

When traveling with medication it is always important to separate all medications into an organized storage container. Proper traveling bottles will be light and heat resistant. Following these tips will allow your medication to last longer at the current dosage. 

DO keep your medication in light resistant medication bottles

DON’T keep loose tablets or capsules outside of a medication bottle

DO keep out of areas with moisture like bathrooms or kitchens

DON’T keep medication bottles in a car with high variance of temperatures

DO monitor expiration dates

DON’T mix different medications into one bottle

DO keep medication within 68-77 degrees F to decrease chances of degradation

DON’T use any damaged, discolored, dissolved, cracked or chipped tablets, capsules or topicals

DO be sure that medications are out of reach of any children or anyone who might misuse them

DO keep all medication in one area to decrease chances of loss

When in doubt, always consult your pharmacist if you are concerned about the quality of your medications or for further recommendations on proper medication storage.

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