Where the drugs are stored can have an effect on efficacy. Learn how to store medicines in a good way.
Take good care of your medicines
- Know that heat, air, light and moisture can damage the drugs.
- Store medicines in a cool, dry place. For example, in a drawer or kitchen cabinet that is not near a hob, sink or a hot appliance. Medicines can also be stored in a locked storage box, on a shelf or in a cupboard.
- Many people keep their medicines in a bathroom cabinet. The heat and moisture of the shower, bath or sink can affect the medicines. They can lose or spoil their operation.
- Keep the medicines in their original box as much as possible.
- Ask your pharmacist if your medicines have special storage instructions. Some medicines should be kept in the fridge, others at room temperature. In any case, do not put medicines in full sun.
- There are transparent storage boxes and chests of drawers. Here you keep a good overview of all medicines. These are simply for sale at the Hema, Blokker, Gamma, Ikea or similar stores.
Keep children out of reach of medicines
- Store medicines in a place where children can't get to them.
- Preferably closed with a lock.
Do not use damaged medications
- Do not take drugs that are discoloured, have changed structure or smell different. Not even if they haven't past the date.
- Check the expiry date regularly. If you have old or unused medicines left over, treat them as small chemical waste. Also when it comes to self-care products such as cough drinks, antacids or dietary supplements. Save them up and return them once in a while to a collection point in your municipality. If you find this too much hassle, you can also return the medicines to the pharmacy. That's where they make sure everything's destroyed in the right way.
- Do not throw them in the trash or flush medicine down the toilet or sink. The raw materials of these medicines can be dangerous. If you throw it in the garbage or flush it down the toilet, these substances will partially enter the environment. For example, in our drinking water or in the soil. "Ah, that one aspirin," you might think now. But remember that in our country 427 kilos of medicines are thrown away every day. On an annual basis, that's almost 156,000 kilos. Then suddenly it becomes a completely different story. So throwing away medicine is not a good idea.
Make sure others can find the drugs
If you are unable to prepare your own medicines, it is useful if your medicines are in an easily accessible place. Make sure there is also a list of medicines with which medications you are taking at what time.