Tuesday, March 29, 2011

How to Store Your Medications

book cover - Medical Myths That Can Kill You

Medical Myths That Can Kill You, by Dr. Nancy Snyderman, is a quick read - and I was reading along quickly when I found this organizing tidbit:
The worst room in your house to stockpile your medicines is the bathroom. The humidity and swings in temperature can age medications prematurely, which is why I keep the real medicines - the ones we take by mouth - in a separate area in a hall closet.

If you don't have that kind of storage space, just grab one of your old shoe boxes and arrange the essentials neatly inside. But remember: if you have children or grandchildren around your home, you must keep this box out of their reach. Use your built-in medicine cabinet for things like bandages and dental floss.
If you'd like to heed Snyderman's advice, you might want to consider a lockable case.

locking medicine safe

The Smart Guard Medicine Safe - available in two sizes - is sold on many web sites. [via Ohdeedoh]

locking medication storage box

Or you could get a locking medication box from Lockmed.

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Medicine Cabinets Don't Have to be Boring
Bathroom Storage: Luxuries Worth a Look
First Aid Boxes with Flair


Anonymous said...

Since I take medication daily or I should say nightly, before bedtime, I keep my medication in my bedroom in the nightstand drawer next to my bed, of course i have no small children in the house and if they do come to visit they do not go into my bedroom

Jeri Dansky said...

That sounds like a perfect approach for you, Anonymous! Thanks for sharing.

Natalia said...

This is right up my street at the moment, as I am dealing with piles of medications. And I HATE pill bottles, they create the worst mess, which can be dangerous too. Thank you for these resources!

Karen said...

I need a lockbox for my medications, especially because I have a child. Right now it's all out of her reach in the kitchen, but she's getting big. These boxes are so fug, though! Anything prettier available?

Jeri Dansky said...

Karen, there are plenty of lockable keepsake boxes; you'd just need to find one that's the right size for you.

Another option could be the lockable boxes intended for storing adult toys.

Jeri Dansky said...

Natalia, you are very welcome! I'm always glad to hear that a post has been helpful to someone.