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Have you cleaned out your medicine cabinet recently? It is recommended that you check the contents at least once a year, for the sake of your health and that of your loved ones. So, do some spring cleaning to make sure that the contents of your medicine cabinet are in order.
Besides freeing up space and having your medications and natural products organized, cleaning your medicine cabinet helps you:
If you are taking prescription medications, make sure you have an updated list of your medications before you start cleaning your medicine cabinet. You can print a list from your online record or request one from your pharmacist.
Gather all the medicines and natural products that you have at home, then put aside those:
Medications are chemical products that can contaminate the water and soil. They should never be thrown in the toilet, sink or garbage. Instead, take them back to your pharmacist who will make sure that they are destroyed safely.
If you use injectable medications, it is important to dispose of them safely by placing them (as well as the injection device) in the yellow safety container provided by the pharmacy. Also dispose of any expired or unused injectable medications. Return the yellow container to the pharmacy when it is full.
Medications should not be used beyond their expiry date. This date is found on the pharmacy label or on the product container, next to the letters EXP. It is usually indicated by the abbreviation of the month (or the number of the month) followed by the year. For example, EXP MAY/2023 means that the product can be used until the end of May 2023.
As long as over-the-counter medications or natural products are unopened, they remain effective until the manufacturer’s expiry date. However once opened, medications are less protected and deteriorate more quickly. The following table shows the recommended shelf life after opening a product.
Note: If the manufacturer’s expiry date is closer than the recommended shelf life, the expiry date prevails.
This helps you keep track of when to replace them.
There’s no point in keeping medication that your doctor has stopped or that has caused you side effects. It won’t do you any more good in a few months!
For over-the-counter medications, keep only those that meet a known and recurring need (e.g. painkillers for your headaches).
Bulk quantities may seem more cost-effective per tablet, but only if they are used before they expire.
To reduce the risk of error, all of your prescription and over-the-counter medications should be kept in their original container, unless you are using a pill box.
Your pharmacist is the best person who can inform you about all the prescription and
over-the-counter medications that you use. He or she can also offer you a wide range of services. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice.
[UNIPRIX] - The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.