It’s called the medicine cabinet, so it makes sense that it’s the first place you think of when talking about where you store your prescription medication. However in many ways it might not be the best place in your home that you can keep your medication safe and in optimum condition.
The fact is that the bathroom is often the warmest and most humid location in any house because of the hot water used for showers, baths and shaving. The heat and moisture can create an environment where your prescription medication might start to break down and make them less effective. This is most true if you take any medication in tablet or capsule form. The warm, muggy environment can cause these medications to lose some of their medical efficacy.
It is best to keep your medicine in cool, dry places and away from where children can reach them. Even if you no longer have kids living with you, it’s still best to store your prescriptions out of their reach if you ever have grandchildren or visitors with children who visit. It only takes a momentarily loss of attention for someone’s roving hands to get into trouble. If you really don’t have anywhere else to keep your prescriptions other than your bathroom than make sure they are tightly sealed and that any cotton plugs have been removed because this can draw excess moisture into the bottle.
Safemedication.com is an excellent resource for information on how best to store and handle your prescriptions. They suggest that you always pay attention to any changes in color, odor, or consistency of your medication, regardless of the expiry date. Changes in any of those, or if capsules and tablets are stuck together, or are harder or softer than normal can also indicate that environmental conditions have affected your meds.
If you have any ever have any concerns about a particular medication, how to store it or how to tell if it may have changed due to improper storage please talk to one of our Canada Drugs Pharmacists or call us Toll-Free at: 1-800-226-3784. Please note that our pharmacists are only available during the pharmacy hours: Monday to Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm CST (Central Standard Time)