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Author Topic: Frozen meds?  (Read 1727 times)

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Offline petsu

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Frozen meds?
« on: February 15, 2007, 07:32:00 PM »
 >:(Are Truvada, Viramune and Lipitor OK if the package was left on my patio sidewalk in 0 degree temps for a few hours? >:(
Viramune, Truvada, Lipitor once daily.

Offline fondeveau

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Re: Frozen meds?
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2007, 06:17:20 AM »
I would imagine that if the meds required special handling, the pharmacy would do so or not ship them?  Pills are the product of industrial production, but once produced seem to go into the warehouse/distribution system. 

Offline Razorbill

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Re: Frozen meds?
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2007, 06:22:33 AM »
You can go online and check the meds web site for storage instructions.  Usually a few hours of temp extremes (except maybe a hot oven) will not be a problem.  I'd worry about gel caps maybe freeezing and being damaged - but I doubt it would actually happen in a couple hours.

Offline healthiepoz

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Re: Frozen meds?
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2007, 06:34:15 AM »
Their is a real simple resolution to your question.. I would call my local pharmacy, and ask the pharmacist on duty. Should he/she inquire, just state the facts, and put your mind at ease.. :-) No need to have unnecessary stress, or concern over the situation. Or go on line look up the medications, and read proper storage instructions. Like excessive heat can do damage, so can excessive cold temps. be just as damaging to product.


p.s. Though medication are mass- produced, and warehouse stored, the pharmaceutical manufacturing companies have strict guide lines which must be followed, and governed by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration), as well as O.S.H.A. guidelines. In the pharmaceutical plants that I've worked all are climate controlled warehouses.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2007, 06:43:23 AM by healthiepoz »

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Frozen meds?
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2007, 07:34:55 AM »

Viramune should be stored at 59 to 86F.  I am not sure about the other meds, But I am pretty sure, it's probably very similar storage temps, for those meds also.
I would do as the others suggested and call the pharmacy. A couple hours may not have damaged them. I would be more concerned about possible condensate forming on the pills, from bringing from one extreme to normal room temperature. I probably would have opened the bottles, and emptied the contents,  to let them adjust evenly to the indoor temp. Let us know what the pharmacist says.


Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg






Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/16/16,  t-cells are at 501,   Viral load remains <40

Current % is at 12%

 65 years young.


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Re: Frozen meds?
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2007, 08:06:28 AM »
usually the storage information is listed on the label itself.


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