Many people believe that medicines should be stashed in the refrigerator to keep them potent for a long, long time. If you are one of them, this article is made just for you. Below you will realize whether it is really a good idea to have all of your medicines kept in the refrigerator rather than inside the medicine cabinet.
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Generally speaking, medicines should be kept in a cool and dry place. Most of the time, it’s something that is clearly stated on the packaging, often in large and bold letters so that consumers won’t miss them. Unfortunately, it’s not all the time that manufacturers say where it’s best to have their products kept.
This is when a lot of people assume that it’s a great idea to keep their medicines inside the refrigerator. After all, that’s the coolest place in their homes, so it’s safe to believe that medications are secure in there.
Unfortunately, experts say that refrigerating certain types of medicines is a terrible idea. They explain that the fluctuating temperatures inside a refrigerator may in fact adversely affect the potency of certain medicines. Each time that medicine containers are taken out of the refrigerator and opened, condensation may form and damage them.
There are certain medicines, however, that really need to be refrigerated. You will surely know that they have to be kept in the refrigerator because they will be taken out of the refrigerator and thus feel cold to the touch when you buy them at your favorite drug store. Additionally, the pharmacist will remind you to refrigerate them.
Some medicines that should be kept inside a refrigerator include insulin vials and hormone injections used during in vitro fertilization or IVF. Very few medicines require freezing, and vaccines are examples.
If there is nothing on the packaging that says the medicine requires refrigeration, then don’t keep it inside the refrigerator. What you need to do instead is keep it in cool and dry place, and your medicine cabinet is perfect for such job. It’s also not a good idea to place medicines where it can come into contact with sunlight.
Purchasing multivitamins in bulk and you want to make sure that they don’t go to waste because they do not come cheap so you keep them inside your refrigerator at all times?
What you need to do, according to experts, is get your hands on a small air-tight container and place a few multivitamin tablets in there, enough to last for, say, a couple of weeks. Always keep that container where it’s cool and dry, and let the larger container stay in the refrigerator. This way, you don’t have to constantly open the large container of multivitamins and risk damaging its precious contents because of condensation.
If you are in doubt as to where you should properly store a particular medicine because the packaging doesn’t give any clue, you can always speak to your doctor or pharmacist.