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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet?

All sorts of mysteries may be lurking in your bathroom medicine cabinet.

Most of us have a medicine chest of sorts, whether it is the traditional bathroom cabinet built into the wall or a box shoved under the sink. But, how often do we actually give the thing an overhaul?

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC, says that we should clean out our medicine stash at least once a year. It may be a good idea to even do it each season or when the kids go back to school.

When you do get ready to get down to business, take a look at the dates of the medications. Get rid of anything that is expired. But, don’t flush drugs down the toilet. They may get into the local water supply.

According to Snyderman, the best way to dispose of medications is to open the bottles and toss the pills in with leftover scraps or coffee grounds in your trash. Or, you can call your local pharmacy and see if they have a program for disposing of outdated drugs.

And, while you’re overhauling, think twice about putting your meds back into bathroom. The moist environment may be the worst place in the house to store them.

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How long has it been since you cleaned out your medicine cabinet? Take a look. What did you find in there?

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