Why You Should Toss that Cotton Ball

Save your meds from moisture.

You know that little piece of cotton you sometimes find inside of an over-the-counter pill bottle? The National Institutes of Health says you can toss it. According to the medical research agency, the cotton ball can pull moisture into the bottle.

So, why do they put the cotton inside of the pill bottles in the first place? Manufacturers originally started adding cotton to pill bottles to keep the pills from jostling around during shipping, ensuring they arrived at the pharmacy intact.

Don’t be surprised, however, if you open a pill bottle and there’s no cotton inside. These days, more pills are coated and don’t require the extra cushioning to keep from breaking in the bottle.

P.S. Did you know you can purchase over-the-counter medications when you get a prescription, like cetirizine (generic Zyrtec), acetaminophen (generic Tylenol), oxymetazoline (generic Afrin) and more through Blink? If the Blink price is cheaper than your pharmacy’s price, just ask your doctor for a prescription and purchase through Blink to save money.


This article is not medical advice. It is intended for general informational purposes and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your physician or dial 911.

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