Did you know that the medicine cabinet in your bathroom is one of the worst places to store medicines? It is.
The heat and humidity of the bathroom environment can cause medications to deteriorate.
All medications, prescription or over the counter, should be stored in a cool, dry place.
Most medications are packaged in amber bottles to protect them from light. Always leave medications in their original container.
You should check all medications on a regular basis and dispose of any which have expired. Regularly replace items used on a semi-regular basis, such as pain and fever relievers and first aid items.
Other signs that a medication should be disposed of include a change in color, a change in smell, pills which have become crumbly, or capsules which are sticking together.
To dispose of medication safely, take it to your doctor or pharmacist. Do not flush any medication down the toilet unless you are specifically instructed to do so.
Medications should always be kept out of the reach of children, even if they have child-safe lids or caps. A hall linen closet is a good place to keep medications away from heat and humidity and readily accessible.