Do not store medicines in the bathroom

Do not store medicines in the bathroom

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Medicines do not belong in the bathroom

A popular place for the medicine cabinet is the bathroom for many people. According to the Federal Association of German Pharmacists' Associations, however, this is not a suitable place for the storage of medicines.

Be honest: where do you have your medication? Somewhere in the drawer, in the cupboard under the sink? Neither is so good. Because then tablets may no longer work properly.

Around one in four has medicines in the bathroom

More than one in four in Germany stores their medication in the bathroom. This is the result of a survey conducted by the market researcher Nielsen on behalf of the Federal Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (BAH) among around 1,000 German citizens.

Humidity is too high in the bathroom

The problem with this is that medication has actually lost nothing in the bathroom. The reason for this is the high humidity. It can make medications lose their effectiveness. Medicines are best stored in their own medicine cabinet, where they are protected from light and are not accessible to children. This is what the Federal Association of German Pharmacist Associations ABDA advises.

Medicines are better stored in the bedroom

The best location for this is a cool, dry place - the bedroom, for example. However, only 15 percent of people in Germany store their medication in the bedroom. One in five (20 percent), on the other hand, have tablets and the like in the bathroom. And almost every fourth person (23 percent) puts them in a medicine cabinet, but in 30 percent of the cases it is in the bathroom. Overall, medication is in the bathroom in 27 percent of the cases. (vb; source: dpa / tmn)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek


  • Federal Association of German Pharmacist Associations ABDA: Checklist medical cabinet (accessed: January 21, 2020),

Video: How to Organize Your Small Bathroom on a Budget (May 2022).


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