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Why does liquid antibiotic need refrigeration?

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Not all liquid antibiotics need to be refrigerated, but those that do are refrigerated in order to keep the chemical elements stable and palatable, as reported by GoodRX. Not all antibiotics need to be refrigerated, and some actually need to be kept at room temperature in order to stay stable. When taking antibiotics, it is important to speak with a pharmacist to determine the ideal temperature to keep the antibiotics.

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While some antibiotics do need to be refrigerated, liquid Biaxin, Cleocin and Bactrim do not need to be refrigerated, while Omnicef, Amoxil and Ceftin can be refrigerated or left at room temperature and will still remain stable and palatable.

If the antibiotic's color, taste or smell changes, contact a pharmacist or general practitioner immediately in order to determine whether it is still safe for consumption or whether it is still effective. Do not take antibiotics that have expired, and remember take the antibiotics for the full course of the treatment.

Misuse of antibiotics places not only the patients, but others at risk. Misuse of antibiotics may lead to pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics. This means that the antibiotics are no longer effective for the pathogens and they can be easily spread from one individual to another.

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