Cleaning Out Your Medicine Cabinet

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cleaning out your medicine cabinet is an important step in ensuring the safety of everyone in your household. Dr. Edward Hill gives some tips on what should stay and what should go in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

What is in your medicine cabinet? If youre like most, probably the last few pills of any prescriptions youve taken, a bottle of pain reliever, bandages and some unidentifiable ointment.

You may think those extra pills will come in handy someday, but keeping them can actually increase the risk that they may harm you. Taking an expired or wrong medicine can be deadly. Help avoid this risk by taking a few minutes to clean out your medicine cabinet.

Check the date on everything in your cabinet and dispose of anything that has passed the expiration date.

Dispose of anything you have not used in the past 12 months.

Dispose of any prescription medications you no longer need.

All medicines no longer in their original container, or can no longer be identified should be thrown out, and

Throw away medicines that have changed color, smell or taste.

Take advantage of community drug take-back programs if available. Do not

flush medicine down a sink or toilet.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.