Are You Storing Your Medications in the Wrong Place?

Approximately 82% of American adults take at least one prescription medication, according to statistics from CDC. A 2017 survey by the Council for Responsible Nutrition found that 76% percent of Americans take dietary supplements. "Dietary supplements are like a food; they are sensitive to light, heat, and moisture," says Duffy MacKay, senior vice president at the Council for Responsible Nutrition. "We recommend consumers store their supplements in a dry place in their original containers with the lids tightly closed, in a location that doesn't get a lot of sunlight or humidity." People should also keep their tablets in a place where they will remember to take them. Also, showers and faucets can create a humid atmosphere, which can be a problem for the potency of vitamins and medications. A bedroom is the ideal choice for medications, says Mohamed Jalloh, spokesman for APhA. "Don’t leave them on the counter; a bedroom drawer is a better choice. It’s dry and cool. If someone comes into your room, they won’t see them, so this gives you privacy as well." Consumers should read storage instructions on supplement or prescription bottles. It's best to keep them in the refrigerator only if the instructions say so. Jalloh encourages patients to check with their pharmacist if they have any questions about the proper way to store a medication.

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