As we enter the warmest months of the year, it’s time to consider your medication storage and what temperatures they are exposed to. Like food, medication needs to be kept in the appropriate temperature zone for quality purposes and safety. Some medications have a reduced shelf-life or reduced potency when exposed to warm temperatures. If you order your medication online (either domestically or from another country), consider where the medication is coming from, how it’s being stored, and how long it’s going to be traveling. If you plan to have delivery to your house, be home on the day of arrival, or check the forecast and make sure the carrier knows to not leave it sitting in the sun on a hot day. This might seem overly-cautious, but it’s important for the longevity of your medications. If you order your medication in bulk, consider ordering in the spring and fall when temperatures are moderate.
If you don’t have air conditioning in your house or struggle with maintaining a cool temperature indoors, your medication should be boxed up and placed in a closet or similar dark place away from warm windows and shower steam.
Let’s review best general practices for a variety of medications you might be taking and proper medication storage.**
Hormone Gels: 68 – 77 degrees Fahrenheit
Hormone Sprays: 59 – 86 degrees Fahrenheit
Hormone Patches: 77 degrees Fahrenheit
Hormone Creams: 59 – 86 degrees Fahrenheit
Hormone Pills: approx 75 degrees Fahrenheit
Oral Pills: approx 75 degrees Fahrenheit
Birth Control Pills: approx 75 degrees Fahrenheit
Gel Capsule Pills: 60 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit
**It’s always a good idea to double check the medication to find its ideal storage temperatures. Most of the time the information is printed on the side of the box or the actual package.