Have you cleaned out your medicine cabinet lately? For your health and that of your loved ones, you should do so twice a year. It’s spring cleaning time, so why not take the opportunity to make sure the contents of your cabinet are up to par.
You should never use any medicine after it has expired. For over-the-counter medications (OTCs), look on the packaging for the letters “exp” followed by the month and year.
Some OTCs must even be destroyed within weeks of their initial use. Eye drops, for example, should never be used more than 30 days after the seal has been broken, since the product will no longer be sterile. Any medication whose form, texture, colour or smell appears altered should also be discarded.
As for prescription medications, look at the pharmacist’s label on the packaging. It features the date after which the product should not be taken.
Return expired medicine to the pharmacy
Drugs are chemical products that can contaminate the water supply and soil. They must never be discarded in the garbage or down the toilet or sink. Instead, bring them back to your pharmacy. There they will be safely destroyed.
Finally, the best way to store your medications is in their original containers away from any sources of humidity, direct light, heat or cold. Furthermore, never mix different drugs together in the same bottle.
Your pharmacist is the best person to answer all your questions about the prescription and non-prescription drugs you are taking. He can also offer you a wide range of services. Don’t hesitate to seek his advice!