It is advisable to have some medicines located at home for minor pain relief, such as headaches and to treat everyday accidents, for example grazes.

The most common cabinet essentials include:

  • Painkillers
  • Plasters
  • Anti-septic creams and lotions
  • Cold and flu remedies
  • Indegestion and heartburn relief

However, different medicines require different storage methods; this is particularly true for some prescribed medicines that may need to be kept in a refrigerator for example.

Here’s our top tips for storing medicines

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ALWAYS REFER TO THE INSTRUCTION LEAFLET

Check the instructions contained within the medicine packet for information on where the medicine should be kept. Always keep medicines together with their packet and instructions.

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NEVER KEEP MEDICINES IN THE BATHROOM

Most medicines should be kept in a cool, dark and dry place. Bathrooms have high levels of heat and moisture which can cause damage to the medicines or packaging.

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KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS

Medicines should be kept out of the way and out of the reach of children and pets even if the medicine in intended for their use.