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Keep Your Diabetes Medicines Safe: Storage Tips

Proper storage of your diabetes medications and awareness of their expiration dates are crucial elements in your health-care regime.

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Ban the Medicine Cabinet

Diabetes medicine in tablet or capsule forms can deteriorate if stored improperly. Unfortunately, there are no obvious signs of a pill that has lost it potency, so your best bet is to read the label and follow the manufacturer's guidelines. Some tips:

  • Keep pills tightly closed in their original container. Most prescriptions come in childproof amber containers to protect against sunlight and moisture.

  • Avoid extreme temperature variations. Manufacturers' recommendations vary, but most suggest storing at room temperature, roughly 70 degrees.

  • Keep out of direct sunlight, even for brief periods.

  • Store in a dry place. "Your bathroom medicine cabinet is the worst place to store diabetes pills," Sulli says.

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