Terms Of Drugs That Can Still Be Consumed?
, I am Muhammad Shaufy, from Pondok Pesantren Walisongo, Pontianak. I want to ask. I have a first aid kit, there are various types of medicine inside, but the box is wet with water, so the box and the medicines I put down in the middle of the heat. is the medicine still good for consumption?
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There are several points that you must pay attention to before ensuring the feasibility and safety of a drug for consumption, including:
You can observe the expiration date of the drug which is usually listed on the packaging. Medicines that have passed their expiration date mean that they are no longer suitable for consumption.
Before opening the medicine, make sure the packaging is in top condition. If you find a tablet whose package has been torn, or a syrup whose cover is cracked or not tight, then do not take the drug. Especially for syrup drugs, once opened, generally it will only last for 1 week to 1 month (depending on the type of medicine).
How to save
Most medications need to be kept out of direct sunlight. Some types of drugs also need to be stored in a cool place. You can read the recommended storage method for each drug on the packaging. If the drug is stored in an improper way, it should not be consumed.
If you find a tablet that has a soft texture, swells, changes color, has inhomogeneous spots, cracks or turns into a powder, sticks to each other, the writing on the tablet is no longer legible, then it is possible that the contents are not suitable for consumption. For syrup medicine, you are advised not to consume it if it looks foamy, changes color, has a pungent smell, or there is sediment in it. Meanwhile, for semi-solid drugs (eg ointments, creams), you should not use them if there is a change in aroma, consistency, and color.
Improper storage of drugs (for example because they are wet with water), then drying drugs directly under the sun will most likely change the composition of the drug. Therefore, before taking the drug, you should first check the condition of the drug to the nearest pharmacist (eg pharmacist).
I hope this helps.
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah