Health Tip: Store Your Medications Properly

Avoid temperature extremes, humidity

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(HealthDay News) -- Medications -- both prescription and over the counter -- should be stored appropriately to maintain their effectiveness.

Extreme temperatures and other conditions may affect the way medicines work. Improperly stored medications may even become dangerous.

You should not keep medications in the bathroom, near the stove, or in a locker, says the National Jewish Medical and Research Foundation. The humidity in these areas may cause pills to disintegrate.

Also never store any medications in your car. Temperature extremes in your vehicle may affect the performance of some medications -- especially aerosol inhalers.

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