I hope everyone had a restful sleep last night 😉 Today I’m encouraging you to take on a task that is so important. If you are not feeling up to it today, stick it on your to-do list for another day when you are feeling a bit better or ask a friend or family member who can help you out with this mini project.
Has it been a long time since you have cleaned out your medicine cabinet(s)? If you can’t remember the last time you went through your medicine cabinet(s), there’s a good chance it’s overdue!
Grab yourself a bag, because we are going to do some sorting! We’re only dealing with medication today, as this can be a big enough task for some of us 😉
Medications That Have Expired:
Check the expiry date on all prescription and non-prescription medication. Anything that has expired, toss it in your bag. If it is a medication you no longer take, toss it in the bag. If it doesn’t have an expiry date, look for the date the prescription was filled. Most medications are good for up to a year after they are filled, unless of course the bottle or label states otherwise. If it is more than a year old, check with your pharmacist so they can look it up and advise you accordingly. If it isn’t a keeper, in the bag it goes!
Medications that have been recalled or deemed dangerous by FDA:
These sites are reliable sources for information regarding advisories, warnings and recalls. If you have anything listed as recalled, bag it!
FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/default.htm
Now that you have your collection of what needs to go, it’s time to dispose of it. Never dispose of medication down the sink, or by flushing it down the toilet, as this can get into our water system and soil. It is also unsafe to throw it in the garbage, as it could end up in the wrong hands or be ingested by animals. Most pharmacies will take your discarded medications and dispose of them properly for you. You can also check to see if your municipality or doctor’s office offers such a program.
If you have children in the house, be sure that all medication you are keeping, over the counter and prescribed, are in child-proof containers, as not all medications are dispensed in safety bottles. An even safer route is to get a lock box for your medications. This can help prevent your medication from end up in the wrong hands altogether!
Before you throw out your empty containers or boxes, be sure to peel off the labels which have your information and the information about your medication. This will help to protect your privacy and to prevent someone from refilling your prescription.
I hope you found these tips helpful! If you have any other ideas, suggestions or comments, please don’t be shy to leave me a comment or send me an email! I would love to hear from you!
May you all have a wonderful Saturday! I hope this post finds you with low pain levels today!
~ Gentle hugs