Do not use your medicine cabinet for medicine. Seriously.
You store all your prescriptions/ibuprofen/cold 'n' flu meds in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom, right?
Like a lot of other humans on planet Earth.
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Because DUH, isn't that what a bathroom medicine cabinet should be for?
Why else would it be in the bathroom?
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But actually...your bathroom medicine cabinet is exactly where you SHOULDN'T keep your meds.
"Restrooms are probably the worst place besides right in the kitchen to have [medications]," Heather Free, Pharm.D., a local practicing pharmacist in Washington D.C., and a spokesperson for American Pharmacists Association, tells BuzzFeed. "We have a lot of humidity and moisture in there and sometimes that moisture can really interfere with the stability of the medication."
It's true: Moisture, heat, and possibly even mold from all that ~hot water~ in your bathroom is super bad for your meds.
"[Moisture] can make medication less effective — if you’ve ever seen a tablet get wet, it makes it disintegrate a little bit — so that’s what the moisture is doing to it,"
"Sometimes, too, the restroom is a great place for mold," she adds. "You really don’t want mold growing on the medicines that you’re taking."