Storing Your Medication

After your transplant, follow the tips outlined below to store your medication.

  • Read storage instructions as soon as you get your medication. Certain medications may have special storage instructions, such as keeping them in the refrigerator.

  • Moisture, heat, and light may be bad for some of your medications. Unless instructed otherwise, keep them in a cool, dry place.

  • Don't store medication in the bathroom or kitchen or the glove compartment of your car, and don't carry medication in your pocket.

  • If you take multiple medications, use a daily reminder pack or pill box.

  • Ask your pharmacist if the pills or capsules you take must be stored in their original containers.

  • Ask your pharmacist for tips on the best way to get rid of expired medications — do not throw them in the toilet or trash, as this can pollute landfills, endanger animals, and contaminate ground water.

  • Never store medications near a hazardous substance, and keep your storage area locked and away from pets and children.

  • Never take medication that has changed color, has an unusual odor, or seems in any way suspicious.

  • Always replace tops to medication containers after each use.