Did you know the bathroom medicine cabinet is one of the worst places to keep medicines? A bathroom medicine cabinet is NOT a good place to keep OTC (over-the-counter or nonprescription) or prescription medications.
The heat and moisture of the bathroom are just the conditions required to alter medication chemistry, making them weaker and possibly ineffective, and in some cases, toxic. A cool dry area away from sunlight and children is optimal.
- Adhesive bandages
- Adhesive tape
- Gauze pads
- Calibrated measuring spoon
- Alcohol wipes
- Pain relievers
- Antibiotic ointment
- Antihistamines (allergy medicine)
- Syrup of ipecac (induces vomiting)
- Decongestants (relieves stuffy noses and other cold symptoms)
- Fever reducers (adult and child)
- Hydrocortisone cream (relieves itching and inflammation)
- Antiseptic (help stops infection)
Here are some good tips to live by:
- Clean out your bathroom medicine cabinet and the area where you store medicines at least once a year.
- Discard outdated products, damaged containers, and old supplies.
- Restock supplies that are low or missing.
- Keep all items in their original containers so that no one takes the wrong one.
- Keep an eye on all expiration dates.