People are being reminded by NPS MedicineWise to safely store their medicines as the extreme temperatures that are heating up parts of the country can impact the effectiveness of medicine.
Though it can be difficult trying to store medicine in the extreme heat, clinical adviser at NPS MedicineWise Dr Philippa Binns said there are some strategies people can use to help keep medicine safe and effective.
"Most medicines need to be stored under 25 degrees, so if you’re commuting or travelling, preparing for the possibility of bushfire and evacuation, or think your area could experience a temporary loss of electricity, you might need to use a cooler bag, esky or insulated pouch to store your medicines," said Dr Binns.
The heat may cause medicines to change form or make them hard to use.
Dr Binns said that as a general "year-round rule" medicines shouldn't be left in warm places such as stoves or west-facing windows, instead he advises finding a cool, dry place away from moisture, sunlight, direct heat and out of reach of children.
"If you’re driving, don’t store your medicines in the glove box or dashboard, and if you have to take your medicines while out and about, take with you only what you need for the day, and leave the remainder at home," Dr Binns added.
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