Medication Storage Safety for Fitness after 40
If you are over 40, there is a pretty good chance that you are on a maintenance medication. The medication may be for a long term disease or perhaps related to the American triad of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. In my book, Second Chance at Health-Learn to Love Active Living and Clean Eating, I discuss those lifestyle related diseases and discuss how you can decrease or eliminate those medication. But if today you still have those medications safety is certainly something that you have given thought to.
If you are on medication you have likely given thought to ensuring the medication is out of reach of children. That safety measure is common. But have you ever thought about the storage of your medication?
In this post I will discuss the importance of proper medication storage and suggestions on how to store it properly.
Did you know that medication should be stored with in certain temperatures to prevent damage to the medication? This is one characteristic of medication that is often overlooked. Over the counter medication and prescription medication have storage range recommendations. Over the counter medications have it on their package, and typically prescription medications will have the temperature range documented on the medication information insert.
Many people have to take medication at the same time every day, and they have devised ways to ensure that they remember to take it. Some keep their daily medications in the bathroom, or in their kitchen cabinet. Some carry their medications is their purse, or have them in their car. Having the medications in the same place is a fantastic way to ensure that a daily medication becomes a part of your routine, but not all places are optimum.
What happens to medication stored outside of the recommended temperatures?
Most medication should be store at room temperature, not in humid environments, away from direct heat and prevented from freezing. Medication that is stored repeatedly outside of the ranges can vary from decreased efficacy to rendering the medication ineffective. Both of these changes in the effectiveness of the medication can be dangerous to the health of the person taking them. Repeated exposure to temperature extremes can result in decreased effectiveness before the expiration date.
As the seasons change this is a perfect time to address the proper storage of medications. In the Northern Hemisphere, winter is coming, in the Southern Hemisphere, summer is coming. (And in Southern Texas, it is less humid and less hot.)
How can I tell if my medicine has been compromised?
If you think your medicine has been in extreme temperature visually inspect the pills. Look for pills that are stuck together, evaluate for cracks, chips, or changes in texture. Note any changes in color, or if they have become soft. For creams, assess for separation or changes in consistency.
Sometimes you might not be able to tell by visual inspection, but if you know that the medicine was left in a hot car or were frozen, take them to the pharmacy. The pharmacy can evaluate them and they will be able to give you guidance. They may say that they are alright to continue to use, or they may recommend that they be discarded and a new prescription will be needed to replace them.
Where should medicines not be stored?
Avoid storing in bags that will experience extremes of temperature, like purses or check baggage.
Avoid storing in the car, glove box or trunk.
Avoid window sills.
Avoid bathrooms that have poor ventilation.
Have a plan if you have medicines that need to be refrigerated such as insulin, eye drops and other medicines. Consider purchasing a generator that can be used to power your fridge, or ensure that you have a good cooler that you could fill with ice and use as a makeshift refrigeration unit until power is turned on.
If you notice that the symptoms of your condition are worsening, and you have NOT made any significant changes to your lifestyle, eating, or exercise, consider the possibility of compromised medicine.
Safe storage of all medicines is vitally important so that you can ensure that you are getting the most benefit and managing your conditions properly. Safety measures for all medicines are important so evaluate how you and your family store your medicines.
Some medications can be eliminated or reduced, such as the ones for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes type 2, pre-diabetes, and depression with proper exercise and diet. You can do this and regain your health, save money and time by investing in your own health.
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