Some mistakes we make when storing medicine

26th, 2011
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Did you know that not storing medicine properly can have serious repercussions? For example, you should not store medicine in your refrigerator, while dissolved effervescent tablets should not be used after more than two weeks.
Not paying attention to the storage instructions for certain medicines can put you in a very risky situation, says Yeşim Baş, a board member of the Bursa Pharmacists Cooperative (BEK), who explains that how people store their medicine is very important.
She stresses that people should listen carefully to instructions they get when buying their medicine from the pharmacy and that if something is unclear, they should not be afraid to ask to have it repeated. Baş adds that every box of medicine is required to have written instructions on how to store the medicine.
“Medicine is not something the doctor prescribes for you to keep in your home. It is meant to be consumed as prescribed,” she says, adding: “One of the most widely seen mistakes is that people stop taking their medicine when their symptoms start to ease up, thinking it will be useful to save the leftover medicine for the next time they become ill. People should not keep medicine other than things such as pain-killers, fever reducers, simple wound cleansers and, of course, medicine for chronic afflictions. We should be sure to only use medicines for the length of time and amount that our doctors tell us.”
“When we do keep medicine at home, most of it should not be placed in the refrigerator. Every box of medicine should have storage conditions written on it, and most say that storing them away from heat and sunlight at room temperature, under 25 degrees Celsius, is enough. As for medicine that needs to be stored in the refrigerator, it should be kept on the inner shelves, not on the door shelves. This is because the door shelves are not as cool and are subject to changes in temperature because the doors are opened frequently. Another important note is that dissolved effervescent tablets should be discarded after more than two weeks,” she adds.
Resource: Today’s Zaman

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