Think you know how to store medicine ? Think again

Storing medicine is a bit of a hot topic, between accidental poisonings and incorrect storage conditions which cause medicines to go off, there have been a few conversations happening about safe storage of medicines in the home.

At Medi-Redi head office, this is obviously something we are pretty interested in. So today, we’re going to talk about how to store medicines at home and what you can do to keep you and your children safe.

What to keep in your medicine cabinet

In our opinion, your medicine cabinet should be the home for your basic medical essentials. It should be kept well stocked and include:

  • A basic first aid kit
  • Thermometer
  • Round ended scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Pain relief
  • Cough and cold medicines
  • Rehydration solutions like Dioralyte
  • Antihistamines
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream
  • Travel sickness medicine

Storage conditions

Heat, light and moisture can damage medicines so it’s important to store medicines in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.  Therefore storing medicines in the bathroom cabinet is not ideal as it tends to be humid and warm.  Do keep your medicine in the original container with instructions.

Medicines that need to be chilled

There are some medicines, like ear drops, some antibiotics, insulin, nebuliser solutions and even some creams that need to be kept chilled. This means keeping them in the fridge. Bear in mind although the fridge door is a handy place to store small items, it is also one of the warmest places in the fridge.  Keep your medicines on the lowest shelf, in the middle (not vegetable draw) in an airtight container or ideally a child proof one.

Disposing of old Medicines

Check the expiry dates on your medicines ideally every 6 months and if out of date or not been stored correctly then do not use them.

You can take unwanted/old medicines to your local pharmacist and they will dispose of it for you.

Do not flush medicines down the toilet as it will end up in our water supplies and affects our drinking water and various freshwater habitats. 

A locking medicine cabinet

If you have small children in the house, then it’s always worth investing in a lockable medicine cabinet. Even if you’re only keeping the basics in there. Locking medicine cabinets are easy to find and will give you peace of mind when there are young children in the house.

It is also worth having a “quick to reach” medicine box with more frequently used medicines.  When my children were ill it was the bottles and sachets of liquid paracetamol or ibuprofen, then we moved on to fast melt tablets and now sometimes normal tablets and capsules.  For these instances the Medi-Redi medicine storage timer is perfect, as it’s portable and because it has child resistant buttons, you can keep it close by, but medicines are still kept safely out of children’s reach.   Perfect for using at home or when you are on the go. It will also tell you when you need to give the next dose of medicine so you don’t need to worry about forgetting a dose.

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