Home medicine cabinets are an integral part of a family’s home, because they help your family through illness and injuries; it is important to keep your medicine cabinet up-to-date and organized to meet your family’s medical needs.
Every home medicine cabinet should be equipped with basic medications for an effective home care system. Here is a list of essential medications for your home:
- Pain relievers and fever reducers
- Decongestants and antihistamines
- Sore throat lozenges
- Anti-diarrheal medications
- Anti-fungal skin creams
- Bandages and antiseptic cream or spray
- Electronic thermometer
Now that your medicine cabinet is stocked with the necessities, you need to keep it up-to-date and organized, making it safer for your whole family. Here are a few tips to keep your medicine cabinet safe and organized:
- Set up a recurring appointment to regularly go through and clean it out.
- Review the expiration dates on every medication and throw out any that have expired.
- Keep all drugs in their original containers.
When organizing your medicine cabinet you should take precautionary steps when disposing of old medicine. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, consumers should follow specific disposal instructions on the label. The FDA also suggests people use take-back programs, where you can bring unused drugs to a central location for proper disposal.
If there are no specific instructions on the label, or if there are no take-back programs available, throw the medications in the trash. First, take them out of their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as kitty litter or used coffee grounds. Then put the medication in a sealable bag and throw it in the trash.
It is important to be safe when dealing with medications. Taking the extra step to organize, and properly dispose of old medications can go a long way, and can be beneficial to you and your family.