The best place to store your medicine is in a cool dry place, out of a child’s reach. A safety box or locked cabinet is generally a good idea. Many people tend to store their medicine the bathroom, which is probably one of the worst places you can store medicine, especially when it comes to tablets and capsules. The warm muggy temperature can cause aspirin to break down into acetic acid (vinegar) which can irritate the stomach.
If you store your medicine in the kitchen, it’s best to store away from the stove, sink, and any hot appliances. In some cases medicine can become toxic if stored improperly. It’s best to read the labels that are attached from the pharmacy or if over the counter medication, storage recommendations from the manufacturer.
Tips For Storing Medicine:
Always keep your medicine in its original container. Keep the national poison control programmed in a phone or posted 1-800-222-1222. Each year, nearly 60,000 children under the age of 5 end up in the emergency room due to medicine ingestion, so always remember to keep safety caps on properly.
Don’t leave cotton in the medicine bottle, as this can bring moisture to the container.
Check for expiration dates, and discard any medications that have been expired.
Always keep medications out of the reach of children.
It’s best to throw away any unused medication using the recommendation Procedures from the Food and Drug Administration. Remember to be safe with the storage of your medicines, as this will keep you and your family safe.