So, while chatting with a patient the other day, she casually mentioned that she stores her meds in her bathroom cabinet, that got me thinking that she might not be the only one that does that.
My darlings, just because you have a medicine cabinet in your bathroom, does not mean that it’s a good idea to store your meds there. On the contrary, it’s probably the worst place in your home to store medications.
Other places you don’t store meds are in your kitchen, your car, next to windows, or anywhere it gets too hot.
- Bathrooms are humid. Most pills, tablets, and capsules are designed to be taken with water not only because water helps you wash the medication down, but also because it helps to activate the medication.
- Water is the first step in getting your oral medications to dissolve so the medication can work its magic in your body. When you Store your medications in a humid environment, it makes them less effective by starting this process before you put the medication in your mouth.
- High humidity can change the chemistry of your meds, often breaking them down into different substances.
- Bathrooms get H-O-T. Unless otherwise noted, most meds should either be stored at or a few degrees below room temperature. Bathroom heat like hot showers or the heat from your blow dryer can weaken your meds and make them less potent.
good location to store your meds:
- A lockbox if you have children because the storage area should be out of children’s reach and sight.
- Your nightstand drawer. Storing your meds there will make it easier to remember them since they’ll be among the first things you see in the morning and before you go to sleep.
- The kitchen pantry is a good place to store meds Just make sure it is away from the kitchen appliances that get hot.
- You can store in any area that is cool, dark and receive little to no sunlight. A temperature range of 68-77 degrees is best for most medications that don’t need to be refrigerated or frozen.
- If you are on meds that are mood-altering or addictive, always store in a secured location.
- You can store in a bookshelf
If in doubt about where to store your meds, ask your pharmacist.