Whilst it is a good idea to keep all medicines at home in one place (unless otherwise stated), most of us don’t spend the time to sort through it and keep on top of it. It’s important to do this to minimise errors when taking your medication. For example, taking the wrong type of medication, or taking medication that is out of date, which could lead to significant ill-health.
In this blog, we’re providing you with a guide to organise and prepare your medicine cabinet to help manage your medication with ease at home.
Storing medicine at home is best kept in one secure location (unless any medication states otherwise, for example, requires refrigeration). This will help to ensure better compliance and help you manage your medication routine. Medication at home is also best kept in a safe place, closed off from children or pets. A cupboard just above eye-level, and preferably locked, in a cool, dry area is ideal. A bathroom is not an ideal place to store medication as the ever-changing moisture and temperature can alter the bioavailability of the medication.
As a summary, medication should be:
Please speak to one of our pharmacists if you have any questions about storing any of your medication at home.
Our pharmacists at Phlo recommend you give your medicine cabinet a clear out every three months to make sure you are only taking medication that is in date and still required. Our top tips for doing this are:
When you use the Phlo app, we send you handy reminder notifications when you need to re-order your prescription, so you have one less thing to worry about.
If you have any medication at home that is out of date, unused or is no longer needed, take it to a local pharmacy who can dispose of it safely for you. Do not flush any medication down the toilet or drain at home and do not throw it in the bin.
Medication prescribed or sold is for the purpose of patient-use only and should not be shared or distributed, even if unused and unopened. You should return the medication to a local pharmacy for safe disposal.
There’s no better time to become part of the Phlo community. Take control of your medication management and join the 1,000s of patients we’ve helped safely manage their medication.