Where you store your medicine can affect how well it works, so it's best to know how to store it correctly
Take care of your medicine
Know that heat, air, light, and moisture may damage your medicine
Store your medicines in a cool, dry place
If you are like most people, you probably store your medicine in a bathroom cabinet. But the heat and moisture from your shower, bath, and sink may damage your medicine
Pills and capsules are easily damaged by heat and moisture
Always keep medicine in its original container
Ask your pharmacist about any specific storage instructions, for instance insulin and inhalers
Keep children safe
Always store your medicine out of reach and out of sight of children
Store your medicine in a cabinet with a child latch or lock
Traveling with medicine
Do not keep medicine in the glove compartment of your car. Medicine can get too hot, cold, or wet there.
If you are taking an airplane, keep your medicine in your carry-on luggage. To help with security at the airport:
Keep medicine in the original bottles.
Ask your health care provider for a copy of all your prescriptions. You may need this in case you lose, run out, or damage your medicine.
If you have diabetes, ask your provider for a letter explaining that you have diabetes and providing a list of all your supplies. You are allowed to carry your medicine, blood glucose meter, and lancet device on a plane.
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