How to Store Medications in Summer

Probably you never gave a second thought to climate control of your medications. However, extreme temperatures may affect the effectiveness of medications and if even make them dangerous. While most medications are advised to be stored at room temperatures (59°F – 86°F), now that hot weather has arrived, the temperatures in your house may affect the storage conditions of your drugs.
Moreover, there are medications that have specific storage instructions, for which reason you should read the patient insert carefully. If you are unable to decipher the tiny script that deals with storage, you can double-check special instructions and storage directions for the particular prescription you might be taking on information website.

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General rules for storing medications that don’t have temperature restrictions are:
• Keep medications in their original container.
• Take the cotton plug out of the medicine bottle, as cotton pulls moisture in it.
• Store in a cool, dry area of your home, but not in the kitchen or bathroom. The humidity and heat from cooking or showering affects medications.
• Protect medications from light. Store medications in a dresser drawer or cabinet away from sink, stove or hot appliances.
• If only certain rooms of your home are air-conditioned, keep medications in those rooms during summer.
• When traveling, don’t leave medications in the glove compartment, trunk or baggage storage areas, as these places can undergo temperature extremes.
• Never leave medications in a closed, hot car.
• Never use medications that have changed texture, color or smell even if they haven’t expired.Even if medications haven’t changed their physical appearance, they may have changed their chemical structure and may not work adequately for your headache, diabetes or sexual dysfunction.
If medications were exposed to high temperatures or direct sunlight over a long period of time, consult your pharmacist who may recommend replacing themasthey may become dangerous. For example, an aspirin pill can break down into salicylic acid and vinegar, and irritate the stomach. Or your new effective antibiotics may lose their efficacy resulting in nonresponse to treatment.

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