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 is intended for their use.

It is advisable to have some medicines located at home for minor pain relief, such as headaches and to treat those little mishaps such as cuts or bumps.

In a recent survey, we asked what you had in your medicine cabinet. Here’s what the top items were:

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

If you are unsure how to store your medication, read the label or the information leaflet inside the package or you can visit your local LloydsPharmacy for expert advice.