Is Your Medicine Cabinet Up to Date?

Do you have pills in your medicine cabinet that are outdated and have been for a long time? What should you throw out and what should you keep?

The first thing you should do is check the date on all of your prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines. They could become ineffective after the expiration date. Always get your prescription updated. If you need to call the doctor and get a new prescription called in, do that.

If you live an active sexual life and have occasional problems with getting an erection, make sure that you have a sufficient amount of erectile dysfunction treatments in your cabinet. If not, you can get those from, so that you keep yourself prepared at any time.

Also, replace products as often as possible. Sunscreen doesn’t last for more than a year. So, every year always buy new sunscreen and throw the old stuff out. Eyedrops are only good for about a month once opened. The ingredients in them do not last and could irritate your eyes if you try to use them after too long. Nasal drops are the same way. They don’t last more than a month once opened either. So, throw them away and buy new.

Check your medication for ingredients that they have recently changed to be dangerous for you. Throw them out and find something new to use. Upgrade all of your over-the-counter products with new if they are outdated. They may have a new over-the-counter drug that may help you better than what you already had.

If you have recently found out you have high blood pressure, check all of your medications. A lot of over-the-counter drugs can raise your blood pressure even more. Talk to your doctor about what you can and can’t take if you have high blood pressure. If you have a fast heart rate, you cannot take a lot of medications. Sudafed makes your heart race and a lot of daytime cold medicines do also.

Make sure you clean your medicine cabinet while you are at it. Pull everything out and use some disinfecting wipes to clean it. Make sure you get every inch of it clean. If dirt or rust gets into your medicine, it could harm you.

Steam and heat can make ingredients deteriorate. This is why you should check your medicine cabinet constantly and be sure it is all up-to-date. Use these tips to know what to look for. Upgrade and throw out all of the products you can. Also, some products may need to be moved if the bathroom is too hot for them.

Check with your doctor on what the best products are for you and your family. Changing and updating your medicine may help you save your health.