Medication Safety Tips: How to Safely Store OTC Medicines

After you purchase an OTC pain medication, it’s best to keep it in the original package or bottle so you always have the dosing directions, warnings, and other important information. If you use a pill organizer or other container, keep the original packaging so you have the drug facts label on hand.

Avoid mixing different medications together in the same container because you could take the wrong one by mistake. You should find a safe place to store all your medications. It’s usually best to store medications somewhere that is cool and dry, such as a hall closet or kitchen cabinet. They can be damaged by the heat and humidity from the shower and bath where stored in a bathroom cabinet. If you notice that any are expired, discoloured, dried out, crumbling, or look otherwise damaged, do not take them as they may no longer work and can even be unsafe.