When it comes to storing medicine, drugs, and other pharmaceuticals, there are many ways they can be ruined by extreme temperatures, light, air, or moisture. Even some things that may seem innocuous could render the products useless or even dangerous.
Here are a few Dos and Don'ts of Medicine Temperature Storage:
DO ask your pharmacy if they have an emergency generator to maintain temperature control for refrigerated medications.
DON’T store medications in your car or trunk for extended periods. Take them with you when you leave your car.
DO check the storage information for any medications you take so that you are aware of the temperature recommendations.
DON’T travel with medications in your checked luggage. Carry medications on the airplane with you instead! Your security and customs check-in will be more efficient if you travel with your medicines in their original containers with pharmacy labels.
DO order any of your mail order prescriptions in temperature controlled packages. Have mail-ordered medications or internet pharmacies ship to you by overnight delivery methods, and be there to accept packages.
DON’T store medications in your bathroom medicine cabinet, since the heat and moisture from your shower, bath, and sink may damage your medicine. It’s also advisable to avoid the kitchen, since heat from the stove, sink, and any hot appliances can also damage your medicine. Instead, opt for your dresser drawer, a closet, a storage box, and a shelf.
DO make sure you store your medication in the original labelled container when packing for a trip and carry a copy of the prescription. This will help you avoid problems at any international checkpoints as well as to facilitate drug identification in case of emergency.
DON’T try to save luggage space by combining medications into a single container. Always bring your medications with you in your carry-on luggage, and consider placing silica packs in medication vials if extended travel is planned in hot/humid environments.
Being diligent about storing your medication safely and appropriately will help ensure that you get the most out of your medication for the protection of your health and those around you.