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The Do's and Don'ts of taking medication



  • Medication should be stored in a cool dry place ideally at room temperature below 30C.


  • It is important to ask your pharmacist or doctor for storage requirements because other medications have to be stored in the refrigerator


  • Speak to your pharmacist or doctor if you have any questions relating to medication


  • Beware of possible side effects and always consult you pharmacist of doctor


  • Adhere and endeavor to comply with the treatment plan


  • Always get medication from a reliable source, avoid buying counterfeit, stolen or expired medicine


  • Store medication in a safe place and out of reach of children
  • Do not share your medication with someone else


  • Keep medication away from direct sunlight


  • Do not remove medication from it's original container.  This will ensure that you do not lose the expiry date which is always printed on the container


  • Do not use medication when it is past its expiry date


  • Do not store different kinds of pills in one container


When in doubt always ask the pharmacist for advice and always choose the appropriate medicine for you condition

If you require further information, please contact our pharmacy directorate on pharmacy2@kznhealth.gov.za

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