Medicine cabinet makeover

  • Throw out expired medications. Do not take prescriptions or over the counter medicine that is expired. Medications expire because the ingredients decompose or evaporate, making the drug less effective.
  • Avoid storing medications in locations like the bathroom or other areas they can be exposed to extreme temperatures, light or moisture. A better location to store medication is your pantry.
  • Clean out your medicine cabinet at least once a year and stock it appropriately based on your family's needs.
Group 1: General necessities
  • Tweezers to remove splinters
  • Thermometer
  • A calibrated measuring spoon to ensure proper dosage of medications; an oral medicine syringe for families with small children
  • Pill organizer
Group 2: First Aid materials
  • Alcohol wipes, gauze pads, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment like bacitracin and adhesive bandages & tape should be kept on hand to cover cuts and scrapes - Neosporin would be a good anti-biotic ointment.
  • Cortisone cream to treat rashes - Cortizone Intensive Healing Formula 1 oz. for anti-itch.
  • Calamine lotion to treat itching and irritation of poison ivy, poison oak or insect bites
Group 3: Symptom relief medicines for common ailments like:
  • Pain relievers such as acetaminophen, aspirin tablets and ibuprofen. If you have children, children's Tylenol or Children's Motrin for fever reduction. - Tylenol Extra Strength, Advil, Bayer, Tylenol and Motrin liquids for pediatric pain relievers.
  • Cough suppressant. If you have children, a suppressant that is appropriate for their age group - Mucinex or Delsym for adult colds. Do not show children's cold medications.
  • Decongestant tablets such as Sudafed (pseudophedrine) to ease nasal congestion from allergies or colds
  • Benadryl to treat allergy symptoms or allergic reactions - Claritin or Zyrtec. Benadryl perfect measures for children
  • Antacid (Tums, Rolaids) to calm upset stomach
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