Clean out Home Medicine Cabinet Annually

ST. LOUIS, March 31 (UPI) — Spring is an ideal time to clean out the medicine cabinet, but any time is a good time to get rid of expired products, a U.S. health services provider says.

Craig McKnight, a vice president at MediNurse, a St. Louis provider of private duty services and corporate wellness programs, says spring re-dos should include finding a better place to store medications than the bathroom — where temperature and humidity can make medicines less potent.

McKnight advises storing medicines in a bedroom dresser drawer or another cool, dry place out of direct sunlight that is out of the reach of children. Sealing containers in a plastic bag will help keep moisture away.

Almost everything in a home medicine cabinet, from sunscreen to prescription drugs to over-the-counter medications, has an expiration date and should be thrown out and replaced when expired, McKnight advises.

He also advises taking a closer look at medications and not using discolored or powdery pills; cracked, leaking, or stuck-together capsules; cloudy, filmy or hardened liquids; or cracked creams.

“It is critical to pay attention to your medicines because of potential potency problems with expired pills and creams,” McKnight says in a statement.

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