Refridgerate Canasa????

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   Posted 12/5/2007 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I got a canana suppository perscription. It said keep refrigerated. My other canasa suppository did not say that and I did not refrigerate those. What does everyone else do.
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   Posted 12/5/2007 2:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I guess if they're hanging around for a while and are warm or soft..they might lose potency or be difficult to insert?..hence the suggestion to keep it in the refrigerator.

Is the new one Canasa....or a generic brand?

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   Posted 12/5/2007 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never refridgerated my Canasa. Hmmm just thinking about inserting a cold suppository makes me shudder! :) I always kept mine in my bedroom which is in the basement and it's cool down there anyway. But a few years ago, when I had to travel for vacation - it was hot outside so I kept them on ice to prevent them from melting and it worked great. But, if it's warm in your house then it might be wise to keep it someplace cool(er).
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   Posted 12/5/2007 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine stay in a medicine cabinet. Never put them in the fridge before.
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   Posted 12/5/2007 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I just checked my box of Canasa, which sits in my bathroom cupboard. The box says nothing about refrigeration. The suppository plastic covers say:

Store at under 77 degree F (25 Cel). Do Not Freeze.

The idea of freezing them or putting them in the fridge sounds like a cruel joke. Do you think someone at the factory thought, "Gee, I wonder what we can get these poor sick people to do?" lol

I wonder if they had people in warm climates calling to complain about the product melting at "room temp" which was really over 77 degrees, so then they might have added that info.
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   Posted 12/9/2007 4:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I heard that keeping meds in the bathroom medicine cabinet is a bad idea. The temp in the bathroom (probably from shower steam) is too warm.
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