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April 28, 20050 found this helpful

Both my spouse and I are on some medications. Instead of keeping all the medicine bottles on the kitchen table, we bought a box with several sections in it, just for this very reason. We were able to put each medicine's instructions on the top of the back side of each med's section, so we could toss away the bottles. So after our dinner meal, we open the box and get out each of our meds, according to the directions with them. It has a lid on it and each of the section sides are tall enough that if we dropped the box, as long as the lid is sealed, the pills won't spill over into another's section for us to have to straighten up afterwards, they all stay put.

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By T.H.

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April 29, 20050 found this helpful

I would not throw the bottles away if they are medicines you take on a regular basis. There is refill information on the bottle that you need to order refills. I have plastic pill containers with the days of the week. I use one for morning meds and one for evening meds, and fill them up on Sundays with the appropriate pills for each morning and each evening for the current week. I also add my daily vitamin, and any others such as calcium to the containers.
Harlean from Arkansas

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May 13, 20050 found this helpful

This is not good practice. If the drugs are ceased or changed you will have to find a container to take them to the pharmacy for disposal. Also, and more importantly, the bottle has the expiry date for the drugs - you could end up taking less than effective drugs if you use them after their expiry date. There may be other information on the bottle that a health care professional would need in case of a side effect or allergic reaction.

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You can buy lidded boxes divided into areas for day/time which can be for 24 hours or a week. It is not advisable to 'decant' medication for longer periods than this and some medications need to be kept in their foil wrapper until used or have a dessicant to stop them absorbing moisture.

You can get your medications supplied in pop out packs made up by your pharmacist - with a section for each day/time. There is a small charge for this service.

If you need advice on storage or dispensing you medication a pharmacist is the best person to ask for advice.

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Jo

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