Medicines surrounding a medicines box

From first aid kits, to pain relief or even prescriptions medicines, we all have medications and treatments in various place in our homes. But, is there a correct way and place to store them?

We asked our Pharmacist Anshu Kaura her advice on how to store your medicines correctly.

Make sure you read the instruction leaflet

Different medicines need to be stored in different ways, for example some prescription medicines need to be kept in a refrigerator. It’s important to make sure you check the instructions that come with the medication box for advice on where the medicines should be stored. Also, always keep your medicines with the packet and instructions so you can refer back to them easily.

Don’t keep medicines in the bathroom

A popular place to store medicines is in the bathroom, however this isn’t the best environment for most medications. Many will need to be kept in a cool, dark and dry place. Bathrooms can have high levels of heat and moisture which can cause damage to the medicines or packaging.

Keep out of reach of children and pets

It’s important to keep your medicines out of the way and reach of children and pets, even if the medicine is meant for them. For example, a high, lockable cupboard in a cool, dry place is ideal to store your medicines in.

Remember to have a regular clear out

Once you’ve got your medicines stored correctly, it’s important you remember to clear them out every 6 months or so. This lets you check on the expiry dates as it’s vital you don’t take a medicine that’s passed its expiry date. Instead, take out of date medicines to your local LloydsPharmacy so they can be disposed of safely. Find out more about how to dispose of medicines safely here.

Don’t forget to get a medicines box:

Right now, if you spend over £25 on our LloydsPharmacy Own Brand products online, you can get a free medicines box to help keep your medicines in order, and it’s the perfect time to replace any out of date medications.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about how to store your medication correctly, speak to your local Pharmacist instore or over the phone.