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How to Store Medications

Oxygen, light, and water can break down your medications. Take care of your medications and take care of yourself by storing your medications in a cool, dry, and dark location.


  • Step 1: Avoid cabinet Avoid using the medicine cabinet. There is too much moisture in the bathroom. Store your medications in a cabinet or drawer in another room instead.
  • TIP: Avoid a location above the stove or sink.
  • Step 2: Keep out of sunlight Keep your medications out of direct sunlight and away from rooms where there are large temperatures fluctuations, like the kitchen.
  • Step 3: Keep out of reach Keep them out of reach or locked in a cabinet if children are present.
  • Step 4: Store in original container Keep your medications in their original containers. That way you will have all the important dosage information and the prescription number if you need a refill.
  • Step 5: Keep medications on hand Have your medications on hand when traveling. Don't store your medications in the glove compartment, which can become damaged by outside temperatures, the heater, or air conditioner.
  • Step 6: Keep a list Keep a list of your current medications on you at all times when traveling. Keeping your medications safe keeps you safe.
  • FACT: Antidepressants are one of the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States.

You Will Need

  • Kitchen cabinet or drawer
  • Secure location
  • Original containers
  • List of current medications

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