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ebinder1 posted:
Hi,

I'm hoping somebody in the medical profession can answer my question for me. I'm getting married next month and have been on the Aviane birth control pills for about a year and half. Up until now I have not needed them specifically for preventing pregnancy so I have not worried about the proper storage temperature. I read on the package that the pills need to be stored at a temperature between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Does anybody know what happens if the pills are stored at hotter or colder temperatures or if they are left in luggage in a hot car? Will the pills become less effective at preventing pregnancy? I tried asking my pharmacist and they said to call the manufacturer and the manufacturer said to call the pharmacist. Any help clearing up this confusion would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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georgiagail responded:
Heat...especially heat over a extended period of time would decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. However, the heat would need to be significant.

Stored inside luggage in a hot car would not degrade them. It would simply not get hot enough in the luggage to damage them.

Stored in direct sunlight (for example, on the dashboard of a car in the summer) would make this a different matter.

Gail


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