Summer Medication Safety Tips
Last Edited: April 12th, 2012

The dog days of summer are here.

We all know to drink enough water when the weather gets warm, but when it comes to how we care for our medication, there are some important safety tips that you need to know.

Just like any health product that gets a bit soft or liquefied in the heat, your medication is susceptible to just the same kinds of weather-induced effects when the temperature rises. When the temperature changes, it can affect the potency of your medication and in some cases alter the form of the tablet or capsule. To prevent this from happening, store your medication in a cool and dry place.

It is just as important to store your medication away from direct sunlight as the sun's rays can damage the effectiveness of the remedy whether it is an over-the-counter treatment or a prescription drug. Find the coolest and least damp place of your house and keep your medications there.

Medications work best when they are absorbed by a healthy and well-hydrated body. Make sure you drink enough water while taking your daily meds and make sure that you consume enough clear liquids throughout the day.

Lastly, if your medication causes side effects that make you more vulnerable to direct sunlight, always protect your health and skin by wearing sunscreen every day. According to the FDA's new regulations on sunscreen, look for a "broad spectrum" sunscreen with an SPF of 30.

By practicing these easy but important summer medication safety tips, you can make your summer a safe, healthy and fun one.

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