Stocking Your Medicine Cabinet

Thursday, April 09, 2015

If your medicine cabinet is like most, then there are some expired medications that need to be thrown away. Conversely, there may be other things that you need but dont have. Dr. Edward Hill gives some advice about what should, and should not be, in your medicine cabinet in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

It is important for you to give your medicine cabinet a good once-over annually to ensure that you are familiar with your medications, that all medications are up-to-date and properly stored, and that you have the essential products.

When inspecting your medicine cabinet, be sure to use the three Rsread, remove and restock.

Read the labels and expiration dates and check dosing instructions on all medications.

Remove all items that are beyond their expiration dates and those that are no longer used expired medications may lose their potency after time;

Restock expired medications and other essential items.

Medications should always be kept in their original packaging so you can easily see the expiration date and follow the information about dosages and warnings.

Experts suggest stocking your medicine cabinet with the following medications: pain relief; allergy and sinus relief; cold and flu relief; digestive health, which include anti-diarrheal, anti-gas, and antacid; and sleep aids.

Be sure to keep all medications safely out of childrens reach.

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