Your medicine cabinet probably needs a makeover

Out with the old, in with the new

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.

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