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Should antibiotics be stored refrigerated for long term?
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Store meds at room temperature unless the need to refrigerate is stated on the label..... That is how they were designed to be stored.
As a 77 year old, I'm on 9 different medications. Being a military retiree we get prescriptions for 90 days on maintenance medications along with 3 refills. We get ours thru Express Scripts and they will automatically ship the refills.
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After 4 heart attacks, I take an "array" of medications. Two of them are very important...to the point that 2 missed doses (which is 24 hours) will see my heartbeat go up to the 90s and continue up from there. Fortunately, the expiration dates on these bottles tend to run 3-4 years from the time I receive them.
Between an assist from my doc and times when I am in the hospital, I have accumulated about a 14 month "backup supply" of these meds and am careful to rotate the supply by taking the oldest and putting the newest at the "back of the line". I also receive 90 Vicodin a month and only take maybe 20-30 so have a decent backup there.
Antibiotics seem the hardest to stockpile, since most doctors are very hesitant (for good reason) to "overprescribe" them...I have heard that some can be obtained without prescription via veterinary supply companies, but have not explored that as yet.
I store my extras the same way (and place) I store my ammo stockpile...in an (unidentified) very cool place with a couple of buckets of rice and a silica gel pouch in each bottle.
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I am looking at a bottle of cefuroxime, which is sort of like a penicillin but slightly different. Same uses. There is no instruction to refrigerate. Same for 3 others I keep in the house.
Now, would these things stay potent in the desert sun? I don't know. I'd think they all need to be kept at something that resembles room temperature.
OP : good points for people to think about.