It's the Little Things: Challenge 23- Storing and Disposing of Medicine- 5 Q&As and 3 Tips

October 7, 2016

5 Q&As for Storing and Disposing of Medicines

1.    How often should an individual go through the medicines in their home?

Short Answer: Every 6 months

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2.    How bad is it to take medicine after the expiration date?

Short Answer: Many drug products have a shelf life beyond their expiration date but the expiration date is the final date the manufacturer guarantees the safety and potency of the medicine.

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3.    What is the best way to dispose of expired medicine?

Short Answer: Dispose in the trash but make sure all identifying information has been removed and that the medication is ‘destroyed.’

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4.    Where is the best place to store medicine?

Short Answer: A cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture.

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5.    What are some strategies for persons taking medications to ensure they comply with the prescription?

Short Answer: Common organising techniques help here too- a few strategies include setting an alarm, keeping medicine visible or using a pillbox.

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3 Quick Tips for Storage

1.    Organise your medicines by family member.

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2.    Use a locked cosmetic bag to keep medicines safe.

 

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3.    Include first aid tips and emergency contact information in the zone you designate for medicines.

 

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See also: Make it! A First Aid Kit

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