How to Safely Store and Dispose of Your Crohn’s Medications

How to Safely Store and Dispose of Your Crohn’s Medications
When you have Crohn's disease and IBD, you might try many different types of medications before you find what works for you. A topic that's rarely addressed is the safe storage and disposal of medications. We must inform ourselves of proper storage and disposal methods. Read the labels and medication leaflets and consult your pharmacist for further information.


Unrefrigerated: Pills

Most medications come in pill form and are typically kept in a bottle in your bathroom cupboard. Crohn's patients may be prescribed several different medications to manage their disease, with some taking many pills at a time. These medications, which include steroids, immunosuppressants, and painkillers, should be kept away from children and pets. Prescription medications should not be taken by anyone other than the person for whom they're prescribed. Accidental dosages, medication abuse, and theft can cause harm. Pills should be stored in a cool, dry environment. Heat, light, and moisture can affect their potency. Keep medications in their original packaging with labels, when possible. I carry multiple medications, so I store mine in a pillbox and keep a printout from my doctor's office listing all of my prescription medicines. Most medications will keep for one to two years. Discuss expired medicines with your pharmacist before continuing to take them as some can lose their effectiveness or be harmful to health.

Refrigerated: Patches, injections, quick-release pens

Some medications have specific storage requirements; for example, medicines that need to be kept cold can lose their potency if stored at room temperature. Others have a short shelf life outside of a refrigerator. I keep some o
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