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Nomada90
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Hi again,
I just have a quick question: Would several boxes of birth control pills stored in a suitcase which had placed a room whose temperature was quite warm reduce their effectiveness? They were all in their boxes and when I touched them, they didn't feel warm or anything.Also, the suitcase's zipper was open if that makes any difference.
I checked for information about pill storage, but it said that they didn't need to be stored in any particular way; still I want to ask you if for advice on this matter.
Thanks.

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Heather
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If the temp was within the range it says pills need to be stored in in your pill insert, there's no cause for concern.

If not, then your best bet is to call your pharmacist and ask them. They're the folks with huge databases full of info on every medication specifically, so they're the best people to ask about thongs like this.

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Thanks, Heather for answering my question. I was just wondering though why the temperature of the room could affect the pills, seeing as they were protected by so many things: They were sealed in a package, which was stored in a box, itself protected by a plastic bag, and inside a suitcase...It would seem to be a cool, dry place that would protect them from the heat of the room, no?
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When the manufacturer of a medicine lists the ways it should and should not be stored, they're going to take its packaging or bottle into account.

Something being in a plastic bag and a suitcase is not likely to keep something cool unless there's an ice pack in there. Instead, it's actually more likely to have it get warmer.

But whether or not that even matters again depends on how warm in the room it even was, and if that temp is listed as being too high for the integrity of your medication.

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