June 27, 2013

Medicine Safety in Summer

Packing your medications in a bag and tossing the bag into the trunk of your car could cause your medications to lose their potency and effectiveness.  According to drug information sheets that are included with your prescriptions, most drug manufacturers recommend storing medications at between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit.  If your medicine does get exposed to extreme temperatures, you may not be able to tell.  If the appearance changes, then the quality has changed also.  This advice for traveling safely with medications is from MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:
  • Keep a list of your medications, with contact information for your doctor and pharmacist
  • Always have enough for an extra few days
  • Keep some with you, so you know the temperature will be correct
  • In different time zones, take medications at the same time you would at home
  • Keep medicines away from hot places

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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