Store your medicines properly Store your medicines properly

Many medications are photosensitive and can be easily damaged. Be sure to store them properly.

Many medications are photosensitive and can be easily damaged. Be sure to store them properly.

It is possible that your medications will not have the desired effect if you do not keep them in a safe and hygienic place. Also, conditions such as high temperatures and constant exposure to light or humidity can facilitate their decomposition.

Here are some recommendations from the Arthritis foundation in the United States.

 –    An acceptable range of temperature to store your medications is between 15 and 30 °C.

–   Avoid storing your medications in bathroom cabinets or places like the car or kitchen, as they can be hot or humid.

–     Always check the expiration dates, and do not store or take medications that have expired.

–     Check to see if the pills or liquids show any alterations, such as changes in color, shape, or texture.

–  Refrigerate medicines that need to be refrigerated, as indicated. If this type of medication stays at room temperature for a prolonged amount of time, check with an expert or throw the medicine away.

–     If you are traveling, take your medications in your hand luggage with the corresponding prescription, if required.

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