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Storing your medicines properly can help to ensure they work as they should as well as prevent poisoning accidents.

Store Medicines Safely

Where you store your medicine can affect how well it works. Learn about storing your medicine properly to keep it from getting damaged.

Take care of your medicine.

Keep children safe.

Do not use Damaged Medicine

Damaged medicine may make you sick. Do not take:

Get rid of old Medicines

Get rid of unused medicine safely and promptly.

Traveling With Medicine

Do not keep medicine in the glove compartment of your car. Medicine can get too hot, cold, or wet there.

If you are taking an airplane, keep your medicine in your carry-on luggage. To help with security at the airport:

When to Call the Doctor

Call your provider for:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Put your medicines up and away and out of sight. Updated June 10, 2020. Accessed May 9, 2022.

US Food & Drug Administration website. Lock it up: medicine safety in your home. Updated March 27, 2018. Accessed May 9, 2022.

US Food & Drug Administration website. Where and how to dispose of unused medicines. Updated April 21, 2021. Accessed May 9, 2022.


Review Date: 1/29/2022  

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