How to Organise and Store Medicine Effectively

NathalieM By NathalieM, 28th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Simplify organising and storing your medicines to ensure that you keep your children safe, take medicine correctly and have the medical supplies that you need, when you need them.

Putting some time and thought into how best to store your medicine may seem like a waste of time to you but whether you have a regular prescription or are 100% fit and healthy there are many benefits of organising and storing medicine.

Keep Your Kids Safe

A recent study conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide highlighted the surprisingly common danger of child poisoning. Figures from this U.S. study show how common child poisonings are, many of them with medicine. In 2012 there were almost 64,000 emergency department visits that were caused by a child being exposed to medicine. Additionally every year trips to emergency departments caused by children being exposed to medicine costs an estimated $34.4 million.

As you can see there is a real necessity to store medicines mindfully if you have young children (and perhaps even slightly older ones), but there are many other reasons to store medicines properly.

Ease of Use

For those of you who are largely healthy with no repeat prescriptions you may only pay a visit to your medicine cabinet once in a blue moon. Although you might be lucky enough to have someone nursing you, it is comforting to know that you have the medicine you might need ahead of time so you can feel better right away. For other types of aliments you could need medicine and medical supplies even more urgently, for example, if you cut yourself you need something to disinfect the wound and rap it right away. Essentially, organising medicines when you don’t need them will pay off when the time comes that you do need it.

Repeat Prescription Benefits

Studies report that somewhere between 30% - 50% of people with chronic diseases fail to take their medication as prescribed. This certainly has an effect on the patient’s health risks as well their health costs.

There is no one holistic solution to help people remember to take their prescriptions a certain way, but there are a number of options to try and suit everyone’s needs. The best place to start is deciding on a routine and sticking to it.

There are a few options for different ways that you can keep on top of your prescription, one way is to use a good old fashion pill organiser. This can work well so long as you ensure that you always keep the pill organiser with you, for women this is probably easier than men as we can just pop in it our handbag and go. If you can’t keep your pill organiser with you all the time, figure out at what time you are supposed to be taking medication and figure out where you usually are at that time of day and keep it there. There are also some great online resources which can help you manage your medication if you are someone who is fairly confident using the internet or you have smartphone. One such app called Medica Reminders and gives patients and care givers a prescription organiser, medicine reminder and pill tracker all in one app.

Destructive Elements to Medicine

Storing medicine which does not need to be refrigerated is relatively simple. The elements which can harm medication are heat, light and moisture. Liquid medicine can be particularly vulnerable to temperatures and light which can cause active ingredients in the medicine to evaporate. Find an appropriate spot within your home that is out of the light, damp and between 75-85°F. If you have children you may need to ensure that this location remains locked but it is best to keep your medication in one place once you have decided on this.

It is best to store your medicine in its original packaging as this will help you keep track of different medications and their instructions.

Refrigerated Medicine

Refrigerated medicines will usually come with more specific instructions of storage that you will need to adhere to and read well.

Regularly Sort and Dispose of Medicine

Finally ensure that you sort through your medicine cabinet every 6 months or so. Take this time to dispose of any expired medicine as keeping it around will do you no favours. As well as disposing of expired medicines also dispose of medicines which are in-date but the prescription is no longer relevant. It may be tempting to keep these medicines in case you need them again but this will only encourage you to diagnose yourself or potentially give it to a friend who might ask.

When it comes time to dispose of medicine, never flush it down the toilet or sink. The best way to dispose of medicine is to take it back to your pharmacist. This is a free of charge service and is ideal if you are unsure about what to do with some old medicine.

Thanks For Reading

Thanks for reading. Check out some of my other articles on Wikinut such as How Severe Weather is Affecting Our Lives and follow me on Twitter too.

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