From Stillwater-Ponca City (OK) Ostomy Outlook May 2000:
Keep a Clean Medicine Chest
via Rambling Rosebud; Green Bay (WI) News
It's a good idea to clean house in your medicine chest once a year,
according to St. Luke's Pharmacy Director. Medicines that are outdated or
deteriorated should be disposed of properly, which means flushing them
down the toilet after they have been removed from their packaging.
- Remove and throw away all medicines which have passed their expiration
date. Some deteriorated medicines can be dangerous.
- Throw away all leftover antibiotics. Generally speaking, there
shouldn't be any leftover antibiotics because, in most cases, every bit
should be taken as directed.
- Throw away all aspirin which smells like vinegar.
- Throw out any medicines you don't recognize and any that aren't
- Throw away eye drops which aren't clear and any creams which have
- Throw out any drugs you haven't used in the past year unless they are
for familiar, recurrent conditions. But if the expiration date has passed,
throw them out anyway.
Medicines should be stored in a cool, dry, dark place and one that can
be locked if there are small children in the house.
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