Medicine cabinet essentials include proper location, crucial basics

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A medicine cabinet full of various bottles of medication.

Some of us cram our home medicine cabinets with items; others don’t stock enough emergency supplies to be helpful when needed. I’m a pharmacist, so patients ask me for advice about what should be included in their cabinets. Often, they are surprised by my first response, which is to avoid storing medicines in a bathroom medicine cabinet.

Yes, it’s a medicine cabinet and it’s in the bathroom. However, moisture from baths and showers will degrade your medicines or render them ineffective.

Find a place where they can be kept dry, out of direct sun and not exposed to big variations in temperature. For example, I keep my supplies in the kitchen in a small drawer. That works because the drawer isn’t near the heat and humidity of the stove, sink and dishwasher. Another option is a hall closet. As long as you have a spot that meets the criteria for being a safe place, you can put your “medicine cabinet” anywhere.

After selecting a good location for your medicine cabinet, what should it contain?

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