Storing Medicines Properly

The correct way to store different types of medicines.

Syrups–Always keep them away from sunlight. Most syrups should be consumed within a week of opening the bottle. You must also remember to screw the cap tightly and immediately. Otherwise, there are high chances of bacteria, viruses, dirt and dust contaminating the syrup and render it useless. It could also change the medicinal properties because of exposure to moisture and air.
Reconstituted syrups–While using reconstituted syrup, you need to add water for the prescribed quantity before consuming it. Since most of us use plain water, it’s important to know that water has many impurities that can contaminate the syrup. While reconstituting, boil the water and cool it before adding it to the bottle. It is also important to note that this should not be stored for more than a week.

Tablets and capsules–Tablets and capsules should be kept in airtight boxes, in a cool and dry place and away from sunlight. You should never store them without their original packaging as that is the best defence against moisture. Also, you must avoid using wet or dirty hands while taking tablets and capsules. Many people use pill boxes that have compartments or a timetable printed on them to store tablets and capsules. There are many tips and tricks you can use to take medicines on time but you must avoid using these boxes. Most medications are stored loose without their strips. You should refrain from doing this as the medicines can react with each other which can make them ineffective.

Drops–Like all other medicines, drops should be stored at the correct temperature, away from sunlight and in a cool and dark place. However, you need to be careful while using them. The nozzle of the dropper should not come in contact with the eye, nose or ear and you should dispense the drop from a distance. If it comes in contact with your skin and you put it back in the bottle without cleaning or washing it, the entire medicine gets contaminated.

Vaccines and injectables–All vaccines and injectable medicines are to be stored in the refrigerator unless otherwise specified on the packaging. The temperature of the fridge, 2-8o C, is ideal for storing vaccines. But note that you are not supposed to store them in the freezer or the vegetable section. The temperature of the freezer is way lower than the optimum temperature and that can damage the vaccine. If you store it in the vegetable section, where the temperature is high, it can damage the medicine. Make sure that the refrigerator is clean. Throw away stale food. Also, avoid touching the vaccines after you have touched food. Make sure your hands thoroughly clean before touching the medicines.

Insulin–Many people store insulin at room temperature. But note that like other injections, insulin, too, needs to be stored in the refrigerator. more  

Besides the above points advised by Ms. Chandra , if syrup is not closed properly, it may get chemical reaction with atmospheric gases and may loose its properties . We must follow the laid down directions for the use of the medicines for its intake & house keeping We must not use the eye drops of other person even if the medicine is same . So is injection needles & needle for checking of sugar. more  
Appreciate Ms.Rupali Chandra suggestions for keeping medicines in proper way. more  
Useful information which we generally forget in our day today life more  
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