Have you ever thought whether your medicine storage is well organized? We all keep certain medications and supplements at home. But some of them may be unnecessary, or expired, or just stored in a wrong way. We made this small medicine storage guide to help you put things in order in the medicine cabinet, and get healthier.
Top seven medicine storage mistakes
#1: You store medicines in the refrigerator door
A number of drugs should be stored at a low temperature, and your refrigerator may really help with that. But the temperature in its door may be a bit higher. Besides, it constantly changes due to opening and closing.
So, better allocate a separate place for medicines on the refrigerator shelf. However, do not move the first-aid kit to the back wall. In addition, put all the medicines in a sealed container. All that will protect your drugs against both temperature changes and excess moisture.
If the package indicates to store medicine at room temperature, choose a place in your bedroom or closet. Anyway, do not store your meds in the bathroom or in the kitchen, because of high humidity and temperature changes.
#2: You throw away the packaging
While the expiration date is usually applied to the label of the bottle or to each blister with tablets, other important information may not fit. Usually, it remains only in the instructions that go with your package. So, to remember how to take your medications, keep it whole.
#3: You do not follow expiration dates
Commonly, nothing happens to a pill left in a sealed blister for a year. On the other side, liquid medications may become dangerous just in a month. Anyway, consider checking your meds’ expiry dates regularly to protect yourself.
#4: You underestimate the abilities of children
The first aid kit should be really inaccessible to children in order not to harm them. Place the box at a decent height and lock it with a key if possible.
#5: You did not observe your first aid kit for a long time
In general, it makes sense to do this at least once a year. Take a look at your medicine storage place right now, and throw away all the unnecessary and old drugs.
In fact, a small set of drugs is sufficient for self-treatment at home for most of us. For example, you may need anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin, pain relievers, antihistamines, something for diarrhea, and birth control pills.
#6: You still buy “old school” medications
For instance, instead of using cotton pads and ethyl alcohol for disinfection, try brand new alcohol wipes in individual packages. Also, ask your doctor for newer medicines instead of those you used to take for years and years for your chronic diseases.
#7: You use too much drugs and supplements
Many dietary supplements are just useless. You do not need tons of antibiotics as well. Try to limit the first aid kit, and keep there only the most necessary drugs.