Migraine Medications – 7 Tips for Safe and Effective Storage

Obviously, Migraine medication is a huge topic for anyone who has Migraine disease. One topic related to Migraine medications that’s often overlooked is the safe and effective storage of these medications. These medications are expensive, and we often don’t have time to go to the pharmacy when we need them, so safe and effective storage is essential.

Here are some tips for you:

  1. The two most common places people store medications is in the bathroom and in the kitchen, but neither of these is a good place for medications. In fact, they’re two of the worst places we can store medications. The main issue that makes bathrooms and kitchens bad places to store medications is the wide swings in temperatures in those two rooms, which have the biggest temperature swings of any rooms in the house other than the laundry room.
  2. Medications are best stored in a dark, cool, dry place. I keep most of mine in a drawer in my home office, where they’re kept dark and cool.
  3. Another reason not to keep medications in bathrooms and kitchens is that other people have easy access to them in those rooms. Have you seen scenes in movies and television programs where guests are snooping through their hosts’ bathrooms? That really happens.
  4. Keep in mind that some of the medications used for Migraines have both street and recreational value to other people. All of us have other people in our homes at times – family, friends, utility service personnel, and others. It’s best to keep this type of medication safely locked away somewhere.
  5. If there are ever children in your home, store all of your medications in a location that can be locked. Even very young children are curious and adept at getting into places we think they can’t. This is an enormous safety issue.
  6. Do you have Migraine medications that you use infrequently? We certainly don’t want to waste these medications! Dr. John Claude Krusz gave me a great tip: For tablets and powder-filled capsules, close them in a freezer bag with as much of the air as possible squeezed out and put them in your freezer. This will extend the expiration date almost indefinitely. For liquids, gel capsules, and injectables, store them in the refrigerator to extend their expiration dates.
  7. Use caution when putting a bit of this medication and a bit of that one in one bottle to carry with you. Especially with generics, tablets and capsules can look very close or even alike. That makes them all too easy to mix up. Consider a multi-compartment medication container instead. They’re available in a wide range of sizes.

Do you have suggestions for the safe and effective storage of Migraine medications? Please share them by adding a comment below.

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