Extreme temperatures can affect the potency and effectiveness of medicines, so it is important to pay attention to storage instructions on the label. While some medicines, such as tablets, may be more tolerant of temperature fluctuations, liquid medicines, such as insulin, are already more sensitive.
Room temperature – what does this mean?
On the packaging of medicines, there are usually recommendations for their storage. Also those related to temperature. What do they mean exactly?
- Store at room temperature – this means a temperature range of 15-25 ° C (the most common);
- Store in a cool place – this is the range of 5-15 ° C;
- Store in the refrigerator – this means 2-8 ° C.
On hot days, it is worth checking the temperature in the place where the home first-aid kit is located. In addition, it is useful to check all medicines from time to time in terms of their dates of use – never take medicines that have expired. If drugs are stored under unsuitable conditions for a long time, they may not be suitable for administration.
Where do you store medicines?
A cool, dry cupboard or drawer is usually a good place to get your medication. Many people also keep their medication in the bathroom. Be sure to store all of them in their original bottles, and close tightly to avoid damage from moisture and steam from a hot shower.
If you keep medicines in the kitchen, choose cabinets away from the stove and microwave oven. Always remember to keep your medicines out of children’s reach.
Avoid these products in hot weather. It will overheat and cause you to sweat heavily
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