Storing my medication

Tips on storing your medication:

  • The ideal place to store your medications is in the prescription vial or package that it came in.
  • Another good place to store medications is a special medication container called a "dosette". Ask your pharmacist about a dosette.
  • If you can't use a dosette or the original prescription vial, remember:
    • Most medications should be stored in a dry place away from heat and humidity.
    • Some medications also have special instructions for storage. Check the instructions on your prescription label.
    • If your medication needs to be protected from light, it should be stored in a container that filters out light, such as a (clean!) film canister.
    • If your medication needs to be refrigerated, and you do not have a fridge available (for example, if you are working outside or on the road all day), try using a cooler with an ice pack. An ordinary cooler, such as one found at a hardware or sporting goods store, will do.
    • Don't store multiple medications in the same bottle, as this makes it hard to keep track of which medications are which, which doses have been taken, and what the expiry dates are.
  • Keep track of the expiry dates of the medications. The ideal way to do this is to keep the medications in their original prescription vial. But, you can also put this information on a sticker on the container that you are using for the medication.

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