SPRING CLEAN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET

SPRING CLEAN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET

 

With the beginning of spring comes the end of winter’s flu,
cold, and cough medicines.  This means it
is also a great time to unclutter your medication cabinet and get rid of
dangerous and outdated items.

What to Throw Away:

  • Expired
         medicines lose their effectiveness and in some instances can become
         dangerous.  Check expiration dates
         thoroughly.
  • Nearly
         empty bottles create clutter and may not even have enough medicine left
         for a full dose.
  • Improperly
         stored items can partially evaporate, leaving them more concentrated and
         dangerous.  Get rid of items that
         were not sealed or stored properly.
  • Duplicates
         of items that are not used often only create clutter.  If you do want to keep duplicates, move
         them out of the medicine cabinet and into a larger area to store.  Try a large bathroom cabinet, or your
         pantry.
  • Old
         prescriptions or partially used prescriptions should not be saved.  Check with your physician if you have
         questions about saving prescriptions.

What to Add:

  • Sunscreens
         with the right amount of Sun Protection Factor (SPF).
  • Aloe
         vera to treat burns.
  • Insect
         repellant to keep spring’s bugs at bay.
  • Insect
         bite relief for when they bite you anyway.
  • Heating
         and cooling packs for sprains and strains during outdoor fun.
  • Allergy
         medications for allergy sufferers.
  • Updated
         first aid kit including band-aids, antiseptic wash, and ointment for
         spring scrapes.  Contact your local
         American Red Cross for a guide which includes recommended items to place
         in your first aid kit as well.

If
you would like more information about “Spring
Clean Your Medicine Cabinet”
call the Senior LinkAge Line® at
1-800-333-2433.  The Senior LinkAge Line®:
A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors is a free statewide service of the
Minnesota Board on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging.  Specialists provide
one-to-one assistance with helping older adults age well and live well. 
Call 1-800-333-2433 for assistance Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm
or chat with a specialist online during these hours at www.MinnesotaHelp.info®.

“Our Mission is to identify and promote resources which enhance, empower and enrich seniors to be healthy, safe, and engaged citzens”


 

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