Medicine Cabinet No-No

Article ID: 29032

Released: 12-Apr-2002 12:00 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Medicine Cabinet No-No

The most common place where Americans keep medications is also the worst place, says UAB pharmacist Jackson Como, Pharm.D., director of UAB's Drug Information Service. "The bathroom medicine cabinet is the worst place to keep both over-the-counter and prescription drugs due to heat, moisture and humidity in the bathroom." Store medications in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight, such as a closet, and on an upper shelf, out of the reach of children. Heat and moisture hasten the deterioration of medications, causing them to lose potency. Deteriorating drugs don't provide the full beneficial effect for which the drug was intended.

Contact Bob Shepard, Media Relations, 205-934-8934 or bshep@uab.edu.

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