30 Jul From cortisone to Insulin, drugs-saving tips during holiday
Drugs for thyroid disease, oral contraceptives and products that contain hormones be stored in a cool and constant temperature, because they are particularly sensitive to temperature variations, while the insulin has to be kept in the fridge. The Italian Drug Agency (Aifa), which has created and published online the guide to 2017 ‘Drugs&Summer’, produced to illustrate the most common risks that may arise in the storage, transport and use of medicines during the hot season. With some simple precautions, which are outlined in the Guide, it is possible to prevent a decrease in the levels of quality, safety and efficacy of the drugs that we take. Here they are:
1)Verify the correct mode of storage in the leaflets. If the storage temperature is indicated, do not respect it may make the medication harmful (this is especially true for antibiotics, insulin, analgesics, adrenergic blockers and sedatives). If it is not specified, remember to keep the medicine in cool and dry place, at a temperature below 25°. Expose it to temperatures higher for more than two days, In addition, based medicines insulin must be stored in the refrigerator. Once opened can be stored at room temperature, while frozen may cause a loss of effectiveness. It is good to store in a cool and constant temperature of the medications for thyroid disease, oral contraceptives and other medicinal products that contain hormones, because they are particularly sensitive to temperature variations. Also alterations of drugs such as nitroglycerin, antiepileptic, anticoagulants, insulin, antibiotics or aspirin can be risky. A cream-based hydrocortisone, by the effects of heat, it may separate into its components, and lose their efficacy.
2) Every time you feel that the medication has a different look from the usual or of any defects in the color and smell do not take it without first consulting your doctor or pharmacist. If possible, you prefer the solid formulations to those of the liquid, because these are more sensitive to high temperatures.
3) always Avoid exposing the medication to the sun and, if you must travel, use a thermal container (especially for medicines spray and insulin).
4) The heat can cause the lowering of pressure in the hypertensive, therefore, the therapy of arterial hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases may take in summer, an adaptation of the from the part of the doctor. Remember that the current therapies must never be suspended independently.
5) To save space in your suitcase, you may be tempted to use a inico container for different drugs: wrong. This would create no difficulty in recognizing, for example, expiry dates, types and dosages of different medicines.
6) If you travel by plane, put medications in your hand luggage, if you are on therapy with lifesaving drugs, the door, the recipe may be required for security checks.
7) If you take a long trip in a car transports the drugs in the passenger compartment instead of in the trunk, that may heat up too much.
8) After sun exposure, some medications may cause reactions from photosensitivity. For medicinal products in the form of gel or cream, always check the compatibility with the exposure to the sun. Avoid use around the eyes products that may come into contact with the surface of the eye. Check carefully the instructions in case of intake of antibiotics (tetracycline, quinolone), sulfonamides, oral contraceptives (the pill), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Nsaids), promethazine (antihistamine). Avoid exposure to the sun, including the sun, after the application of creams, gels, solutions, sprays, and patches of the base of ketoprofen (up to two weeks after treatment) or creams promethazine, often used for insect bites or skin allergies. In the case, thoroughly wash the affected area.