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Author Topic: Should meds be kept refrigerated?  (Read 1902 times)

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Offline Betelgeuse

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Should meds be kept refrigerated?
« on: June 16, 2011, 04:23:37 PM »
Is there a need for my meds (which do not by themselves need to be kept refrigerated) to be kept in the fridge if you don't plan on using them for months?

I don't expect my apt temperature to vary much this month, but I do live in a part of the world that does not have air conditioning and there are those few weeks that it could gets pretty hot.

There's a batch I don't expect to use until after September.

Thanks for any info/advice.
04/19/11 - Diagnosed positive
04/29/11 - CD4 188 @ 12.5% / VL 18k
05/03/11 - CD4 171 @ unk% / VL 7k
06/04/11 - Start Truvada/Isentress
07/11/11 - CD4 not tested / VL UD
09/07/11 - CD4 252 @ unk% / VL UD

Offline drewm

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Diagnosed in  May of 2010 with teh AIDS.

PCP Pneumonia . CD4 8 . VL 500,000

ATRIPLA - VALTREX -  FLUOXETINE - FENOFIBRATE


Numbers consistent since 12/2010 - VL has remained undetectable and CD4 is anywhere from 275-325

Offline Betelgeuse

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Re: Should meds be kept refrigerated?
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2011, 04:28:17 PM »
Thanks :)
04/19/11 - Diagnosed positive
04/29/11 - CD4 188 @ 12.5% / VL 18k
05/03/11 - CD4 171 @ unk% / VL 7k
06/04/11 - Start Truvada/Isentress
07/11/11 - CD4 not tested / VL UD
09/07/11 - CD4 252 @ unk% / VL UD

Offline Betelgeuse

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Re: Should meds be kept refrigerated?
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2011, 04:41:18 PM »
Moral of story:

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never ever put your medicine in the fridge to keep it cool.

In part from:

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Title: Re: At what temperature do you guys keep your meds?
Post by: zielwolf on June 03, 2010, 02:19:56 am
I'm not sure if it's that crucial to keep it at 25 degrees 100% of the time. I live in a pretty extreme climate where the temperature during the year can range from 0C/32F to 45C/113F in these days of climate change and central heating/cooling is still very uncommon. So correct storage is important. Doctors here say that basically, room temperature is ok - if it's much over 30C/85F inside, do try to keep your pills dark and cool, and in winter keep them in the room where you have the heater running. One thing they did say: never ever put your medicine in the fridge to keep it cool. .
04/19/11 - Diagnosed positive
04/29/11 - CD4 188 @ 12.5% / VL 18k
05/03/11 - CD4 171 @ unk% / VL 7k
06/04/11 - Start Truvada/Isentress
07/11/11 - CD4 not tested / VL UD
09/07/11 - CD4 252 @ unk% / VL UD

Offline mecch

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Re: Should meds be kept refrigerated?
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2011, 04:58:58 PM »
Putting unopened bottles in a frige rather than a furnace hot appartment doesnt't seem like the worst idea. 
Once they are opened for the month, I wouldnt.
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Offline newt

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Re: Should meds be kept refrigerated?
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2011, 08:29:26 PM »
The fridge might be cold but it's also moist and many meds, Viread and Truvada included for a start, don't like moist (you might notice some meds bottles have a round plastic thing or small sachet to absorb ambient moisture and keep the tablets dry). A cool, dry, dark place is best, eg drawer, cupboard. the precise to the degree temperature directions are really aimed at pharmacies. Room temperature, between 10 degrees C and 30-35 deg C is fine for everyday storage as a rule. The old Norvir caps and Kaletra caps, do need refridgeration, but it's safe to keep 30 days worth on the shelf out the fridge.

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Offline Ac75088

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Re: Should meds be kept refrigerated?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2011, 01:15:09 AM »
The fridge might be cold but it's also moist and many meds, Viread and Truvada included for a start, don't like moist (you might notice some meds bottles have a round plastic thing or small sachet to absorb ambient moisture and keep the tablets dry). A cool, dry, dark place is best, eg drawer, cupboard. the precise to the degree temperature directions are really aimed at pharmacies. Room temperature, between 10 degrees C and 30-35 deg C is fine for everyday storage as a rule. The old Norvir caps and Kaletra caps, do need refridgeration, but it's safe to keep 30 days worth on the shelf out the fridge.

- matt


I was wonderin what that plastic thingy was in my Atripla bottle..hehe
01-12-08 Tested poz cd4 700 vl 8,000
04-25-11 Lowest cd4 count of 415 vl high at 250,000
05-03-11 Started Atripla
05-16-11 Hospitalized and treated for 2 weeks (neurosyphilis)
07-05-11 CD4 count 585 VL 550
10-04-11 CD4 count 700 VL 75
02-03-12 CD4 count 799 VL UD
08-08-12 CD4 count 838 VL UD

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: Should meds be kept refrigerated?
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2011, 08:36:50 AM »
I was wonderin what that plastic thingy was in my Atripla bottle..hehe
Me too - I always thought it was like a bonus gift - sort of like a "mini dildo."  ;D
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

 


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