Tips from Pharmacist and Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Dr. Ed Krenzelok:
Toss expired medications and products: Once you’ve opened a medication, or hygiene product, the clock starts ticking on its shelf life. Things are usually good for about a year from when they’re opened.
Child-proof your cabinet: Medicine cabinets are not safe from curious children. If you must store medications in the medicine cabinet, install a child-resistant lock on the cabinet.
Safely discard your medications: Landfill sites and water supplies become tainted with discarded medicines. A trip to the pharmacy is the safest way to discard of expired medication.
Have the basics: replace any old toothbrushes and stock up on every day basics such as toothpaste, mouthwash, lotions and contact solution.
Replenish your stock: acetaminophen for fevers, aches and pains, something for motion sickness, an anti-diarrheal product, bandages and allergy medication.
Consider your storage location: 'Medicine Cabinet' is a misnomer. Rethink where you keep your medicines. Humidity from steamy showers can expedite the expiry of medication. It’s best to keep them in a dry, cool place.