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Do you store your prescriptions properly?

More people are taking prescriptions than ever before, everything from high blood pressure and cholesterol drugs to pain pills, sleeping pills and antibiotics.

If you take any prescription drugs, you need to be aware that storage at high temperatures can quickly degrade the potency and stability of many medications.

Pharmacist Jason Krohn says prescriptions are fine if they are kept in a controlled room temperature, typically about 77 degrees, but for most prescriptions, anywhere between 40 degrees and the low 80's is fine. He says whatever you do, don't leave medication in the car.

That means if you are picking up a prescription and not going directly home, you should probably keep it with you if it's longer than a few minutes. Another tip - if you're traveling, don't pack your medications in the trunk of your car. If you travel by plane, take your medication in your carry on rather than packing them in a checked bag that will be exposed to prolonged heat during the summer.

Another common mistake people make is storing medications in their bathrooms.

Krohn says, "A lot of people put stuff in the bathroom where the humidity gets to it or that temperature rises when you take a shower."

Krohn says the greatest risk of heat exposure is diminished potency of the drug. He says if you're worried your medication may have been exposed to excessive heat for too long, call your pharmacist.

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