Do you know what is the best place in the house to store medicines? We will discover in this article where you should keep medicines at home so that they do not spoil before their expiration date.
In 2010, our country was the second country that consumed the most medicines in the world, only surpassed by the United States. In fact, at that time it was estimated that the public health system would exceed 1,000 million annual prescriptions for medication by the end of that same year, which was equivalent to an average of around 21 prescriptions per person per year.
Not in vain, if I were to ask you about your own medicine cabinet at home, it is quite likely that among them you will have commonly used medicines and health products, such as paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen, antacids, hydrogen peroxide and some other cream useful anti-inflammatory for bruises.
However, we must not forget something very important: the place and the conditions of it where we keep the medicines decisively influence its expiration, an issue that in fact does not only depend on its date of consumption. Why? Very simple: humidity, heat or excess light can cause many medicines to degrade earlier, so their active ingredient could be reduced. Regarding its expiration, in general terms, most drugs and medicines have an expiration date of between 2 to 5 years.
Some aspects to keep in mind when storing medicines and medications
There are some aspects or elements that you must take into account when saving, preserving and storing the medicines you have at home. The most important are the following:
- Temperature: maintaining a suitable temperature is fundamental and essential for medicines to be better preserved. This should not be too cold or too hot, but rather warm, trying to keep them at room temperature (that is, between 23 to 27 degrees).
- Keep the boxes: since the way of conservation and the expiration period itself are explained on the boxes and packaging of the medicines, it is very important to keep them even if for the moment we are not going to continue using said medicine.
- Keep the prospects: together with the medicine box, it is also very important to keep the prospect, since it indicates the steps to follow for its proper consumption and the possible contraindications or risks that may exist.
And where should we keep medicines and medicines at home?
Maintaining a suitable temperature (at room temperature), and keeping the boxes and leaflets, we find ourselves with another obvious question: what place in the house is the most suitable to store them correctly?
In this sense, it is very important to keep drugs and medicines away from moisture and heat sources. Therefore, neither the kitchen nor the bathroom is the most suitable places, despite being the two places of choice for the majority of Spaniards. The reason is very simple: they are the two rooms of the house in which more extreme temperatures can occur (due to the use of the kitchen fire), and there is a lot of humidity (due to the shower or bathtub in the bathroom).
On the other hand, it is advisable to store drugs in a closed drawer, protected from direct light and always out of the reach of children.