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JanJan63
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I just saw my onc yesterday but hadn't thought about this so I can't ask her.

I got my new supply of Xeloda yesterday. They give it to me in a bunch of blister packs. I just sat and filled up some empty medicine bottle with the Xeloda tablets to make it easier to grab them when I need them and because I keep a basket on the kitchen table with all of my drugs so they're handy and the bottles take up less room.

Any idea if this is not a good thing? Like maybe they're kept separately for a reason or lose potency if they're not individually packaged or anything like that? I' of course. didn't think about it until I'd finished. And I suspect they're kept like that to make it easier and quicker for the pharmacy to count them out. But maybe I'm wrong?

Thanks you guys, once again, for help with something stupid for me.

Jan

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When my friend showed me her Xeloda pills, she tipped them out of a medicine bottle. 

Lets see what others say, to see if I'm right. 

Tru

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They need to be kept @75f or lower. The bottle comes packed in a styrofoam shipper with ice packs.

I don't think they lose their potency

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Just for peace of mind ask your pharmacist.  I'm sure that they can tell you the difference.  Good luck.

Kim

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I had mine pre packaged in correct dosages from pharamacy

each small compartment had 1650mg or 3 500's and 1 150

3 week supply at a time so some of them would be side by side for 3 weeks

 

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Check with your pharamcist, but likely fine in a bottle as long as not kept in a bathroom, or exposed to temp extremes.  Or ask your pharmacist for some dessicant packs to throw in the bottle with them.

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Thanks everyone! I figured it probably wouldn't make a difference but just in case, it's good to know. I can't ask at the pharmacy because they come from the pharmacy at the cancer centre only, a regular pharmacy has nothing to do with them.

I was just worried becaue some pills are sensitive. I have pills I take for my parathyrpid and they have to be taken with a glass of water and nothing else and then I wait for an hour before I can eat anything. They can't even be taken with bottled water, it has to be tap water, because bottled water has things in it that will make the pills less effective.

Thanks! I won't worry. I figured I was being silly but wanted to be careful.

Jan

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And just FYI, I'm betting the pharmy at the Cancer centre, has a telephone. You could call and double check. 

Tru

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The cancer center I go to has a number I can call and leave a message and then a nurse calls me back with an answer to my question.

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They're not open until Monday. I'm going to assume that what I did is fine until then. Thanks!

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If I have a question about a medication in the middle of the night, I call a 24 hour pharmacy and ask.  You aren't limited too the pharmacy that filled the prescription. Regular pharmacists can look up info on drugs. 

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Mine came all together in a regular pill bottle. 

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Hey Jan, just a different manufacturer. They put pills in packs for convenience and to avoid overdose or when you need to take decreasing doses. Other than that it's all the same. I get those packs all the time for various meds and I stick my pills in bottles. 

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That makes sense Helen, thank you!

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