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These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Drug Storage [posted 1/14/99]
Question: How does one get a list of which medications are safe to receive through mail order insurance services where medications would not be safe sitting in a mailbox at 98 degrees and above? Please help me become an informed consumer for the safety of my family and myself.

Answer: Sorry, not a clue. I think you would need to check each one individually. Do you have specific medications in mind?

Drug Storage
Question: I prepare my weekly regimen of drugs (Hytrin, Lasix, Lanoxin, K-Dur etc.) and store them in a small plastic, seven day compartment container given to me by the druggist. Although the container is opaque, I feel the snap lids are not air tight. Am I safe in storing a weeks supply in this manner, or is my dosages by Friday/Saturday no longer fully potent?

Answer: No problem.

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