What other things must I take into consideration when taking medicine?
There are also particular things to take into consideration when using certain medicines. Additional instructions are usually given when a specific procedure can be used to achieve better efficacy or avoid adverse reactions. These may include avoiding milk or being aware of the medicine's interactions with alcohol or other medicines. Sunlight together with some medicines may also cause adverse reactions, usually skin that burns easily in the sun. You should also find out what to do if you forget to take your medicine.
- The package leaflet will mention if there is something special about using the medicine
- With some medicines, you cannot, for example, use dairy products or sunbathe
- All medicines cannot be stored in room temperature; some must be stored in, for example, a fridge
Sometimes, there may be special things to take into consideration when storing medicine. The correct storage of medicines ensures their effectiveness and is the basis for the correct use of the medicine. Medicines are usually stored in room temperature (18–25°C). Some medicines have to be stored in a fridge (+2–+8°C). The storage location depends on the medicine, and this is specified on the package leaflet of the medicine and on the packages of medicines that require special storage. If no particular storage instructions are specified on the package and on the package leaflet, the product does not require special storage conditions and can, therefore, be stored in room temperature.