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How to store medicines

usually pills and potions stored in any one place, only occasionally forming a temporary first-aid kit, which consist of essential drugs.For example, if you plan to hike in the woods or a trip to the country.

In any case, the drug should be stored in accordance with the requirements of pharmacists.Check them very easy: just look at the instructions for use.It is important to take into account several factors:

1. Temperature
  • Most drugs are stored at room temperature (15-20 degrees Celsius).Typically it relates to tablets and aerosols, i.e.for solid and gaseous forms.
  • If annotations prescribed special storage conditions (dry and cool place), the drug should be put in the fridge.This drug maintains its properties at temperatures from 5 to 15 degrees Celsius.Of course, putting them in the freezer is not necessary, because thethey simply freeze and become unusable.Modern refrigerators for such cases, there are special departments located on the door.
  • soft dosage forms (suppositories, ointments, patc
    hes) can be stored on the middle shelf of the refrigerator.And on the lowest deliver liquid medicines (medicines, syrups, etc.).
2. Humidity
  • Tablets and powders easily absorb moisture, so keep them in a dry place.Therefore, a bathroom - is not the best option, as well as a porch on a summer residence and other premises where the humidity level is constantly changing.
  • drugs stored in the refrigerator, will also need to protect against condensation by first placing them in a sealed plastic bag or box.
3. Light
  • All drugs should be protected from direct sunlight and preferably completely removed in the closet.This is especially true of drugs in transparent bottles.
4. Contact with air
  • It is important to ensure that the vials were tightly closed, otherwise it may begin an irreversible chemical reaction of oxygen and that can change the properties of the drug.
  • tablets are best kept in its original sealed packaging.
5. Access for family members
  • Of course, it would be good to have the right medicine do not have to search long.Therefore, access to the medicine cabinet should be comfortable.But do not forget about safety, if in your house there are small children, people with impaired vision or mental illness, as well as animals.
Where should I store the medication?
You can buy a special first aid kit or adapt appropriate box.It should be spacious and clean.The material from which it is made, is not so important: plastic, cardboard, metal - all fine.

Liquid and solid preparations are best kept separate.Therefore, ideally kit should consist of several compartments:
  • pills, powders, granules, pills;
  • drops, salves, tinctures;
  • external ointments and solutions;
  • dressings (bandages, plasters);
  • special medical devices (thermometers, hot water bottles, gloves, pipettes);
  • grass.
So you can always quickly find necessary.
  • Liquid medicines, especially those that are very beautiful (iodine, brilliant green, various liqueurs), better placed in a container with a sealed bottom.
  • Oxidants (iodine, potassium permanganate, hydrogen peroxide), and may damage the tablet, and even rubber and furniture.Keep the vials with the tools in the closed glass jars.
  • Medicinal plants well absorb moisture and odors are best not stored in the usual plastic bags, and paper.Suit and cardboard boxes.
  • also want to make a list of medications available to their life-cycle, which should be fixed on the cover kit.Periodically "inspection" and all overdue drugs ruthlessly destroyed.Any good they have not exactly bring.
  • Keep medicines together with their original packaging, and annotations.
  • Take a first aid kit away from children.Never let him play with medications, even if it seems to you harmless.It is better if he does not know where it is stored.

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