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When medicines can cause harm

In the home first aid kits usually reigns chaos. Along with high-quality medicines, they contain old, worn preparations, on which even the name is difficult to read. With this “good” is very difficult to part. What if it comes in handy?

When a person falls ill, the necessary medication is extracted from the bowels of the first-aid kit. But his reception does not help.

Unfortunately, spoiled drugs are not capable of benefit. And sometimes they can cause severe intoxication, significantly worsening the patient’s condition.

General cleaning in the first-aid kit: 3 quality criteria
In the first aid kit you can find many different drugs. Medicines acquired during illness often remain after recovery. They immediately go to the home first-aid kit. Well, how can you throw away the drugs, if a considerable amount was spent on their purchase? In addition, there is always a risk of recurrence of the disease. And in this case, the necessary funds will be at hand.

How long are these drugs stored in the first-aid kit? It is hard to say. Meanwhile, spoiled medicines can cause harm to the body. Therefore, doctors strongly recommend not to take such medicines. How do you know that the drug is spoiled? To determine the unsuitability of drugs for use can be the following signs.

Shelf life

How to determine the shelf life of drugs? It is easy to do. All drugs have a certain expiration date. Manufacturers that produce drugs, they must indicate. All important information can be found in the instructions. In addition, the shelf life of the drug is knocked out on the package, near the date of production of the tool.

Expiration date on packaging
Do not take drugs that have expired. Doctors can not reliably predict what effect these drugs will cause.

Condition of drugs

Having got rid of all expired medicines, you can proceed to the next stage. Now drugs should be evaluated by their appearance. Some medicines, even those with an expiration date, can pose a threat to human health. How to identify such funds?

Doctors say that drugs are dangerous in the following cases:

Pills. If they are cracked, sometimes began to crumble or completely crumbled, then such medications can not be taken. Particular attention should be paid to the color and structure of the tablets. To do this, look at the instructions. Tablets that change color or have inexplicable inclusions (which are not mentioned in the abstract) are not allowed to use.
Capsules They must have a fairly strong shell. If the capsules are destroyed, acquired uncharacteristic softness, then use them is prohibited. They can provoke intoxication. In addition, the danger is caused by capsules stuck together.
Liquid medication. These are various syrups for internal reception, drops for ears, eyes, a nose. If liquid preparations have become turbid or have changed color, then doctors forbid their use. You should not use funds whose structure has become heterogeneous. The precipitate, if it is not specified in the instructions, indicates that the drug has deteriorated. In addition, you need to pay attention to the smell. If the drug has acquired a non-characteristic “flavor”, then it is better not to use it.
Suppositories. Do not use candles that have changed color, an unpleasant smell or cracks. It is forbidden to use spread suppositories that have changed the original shape.
Ointments, creams or gels. Damaged are considered drugs that have lost their homogeneity. Do not use ointments and creams containing lumps, small “grains”. Do not use excessively flowing ointments or watery. On the deterioration of the funds can also suggest an uncharacteristic smell.
Storage conditions

Medications that are stored in inappropriate conditions quickly become spoiled. Such drugs are strictly forbidden to take. Required storage conditions are indicated in the instructions.

The instructions of the drug describes the storage conditions
Continuing to restore order in the first-aid kit, it is necessary to pay attention to the following points:

Temperature. There are 2 temperature conditions. Some preparations can be stored in normal room conditions (+ 16 ° … + 22 ° C). This is the most pills, capsules. Other medicines require lower temperatures (+ 5 ° … + 15 ° C). Most often we are talking about suppositories, injectables, drops, syrups. Such funds are best kept in the refrigerator. But it is recommended to choose a place away from the freezer, because freezing drugs is strictly prohibited. At low temperatures, most of the useful components are simply destroyed.
Shine. Almost all medicines are very sensitive to the effects of the sun or artificial light. Therefore, preparations should be stored in a dark place. Drugs that are under the influence of sunlight for a long time should be thrown away. Especially if they changed color or texture.

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