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It's important to regularly clean out your medicine cabinet to avoid taking medication that is unnecessary, outdated or harmful.
It is true that cleaning out your medicine cabinet requires a little time and effort. However, this process can have a number of advantages and, among other things, allow you to:
Medication errors are real health risks. Each year, a significant number of people must go to the emergency room to consult a doctor or to be hospitalized due to improper use of medications. Regularly cleaning out your medicine cabinet helps to reduce this risk.
It is up to you to decide how often you should clean out your medicine cabinet by taking into account not only your preferences, but also how often you use the medication. If you take several medications and your drug regimen is complex, it may be appropriate to take stock of them more often than if you hardly ever take any.
Many pharmacists recommend doing a clean-up at least once a year, and ideally, at the beginning of each season.
There is no single rule when it comes to storing medication. Some must be stored at room temperature or within a certain temperature range and others in the refrigerator. Sometimes, a product must be thrown away after it has been opened or diluted. Your pharmacist can inform you about the storage methods for each medication.
Here is some advice on the best way to store your medication:
For additional information about how to store medication, read the following text: Store your medication properly.
Take the opportunity to ask yourself if there is a better place to store your medication.
There is absolutely no advantage to keeping medication that is outdated or that is no longer needed. If your health no longer requires that medication be taken, if you have had adverse effects, or if you doctor has told you to stop taking the medication, you should get rid of it.
Medication should not be thrown away in the waste basket, sink or toilet, as they can be harmful to the environment. Always return them to your pharmacist. Pharmacy staff will dispose of your old medication safely and ecologically.
A tidy medicine cabinet, without superfluous products, makes life easier and prevents errors or unfortunate incidents. This is another simple and easy way to take good care of your health!
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