Showing posts with label essentials for medicine cabinet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label essentials for medicine cabinet. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Medicine Cabinet 101: What You Need to Know

Your medicine cabinet isn’t something you probably think about often. However, it's one of the most important parts of any home, and failing to take care of it could lead to serious consequences. Here’s what you should know about your medicine cabinet in order to stay safe and healthy.

According to the National Health Service, basic supplies you should keep stocked in your medicine cabinet include:

Pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen
Antihistamine tablets and creams to treat allergies and insect bites
Bandages, sterile dressings and tape in a variety of sizes for cuts, sprains and other injuries
Antiseptic to clean cuts
A thermometer to check for fever
Tweezers to remove splinters
Eyewash solution to dislodge dirt, grit and other eye irritants

While this is just a basic list, your pharmacist can help you determine other products you should have on hand based on your family’s individual needs. Don't be afraid to ask your local pharmacist for tips and advice when it comes to your medication!

Despite what most people may assume, your medicine cabinet isn’t necessarily the best place to store your prescriptions, which are best kept in a cool, dry place. Medicine cabinets are typically not suggested because of the moisture and humidity in the bathroom. However, your medicine cabinet is a great place to stock any of the supplies listed above.

When it comes to disposing of medication, it’s important to check all of your items regularly for expiration dates. Even common over-the-counter items such as pain reliever, antihistamine, antiseptic and eyewash solution should be disposed of in a proper manner. There are several ways to safely dispose of medication:

Medicine take-back programs are a good way to dispose of medicines, according to the FDA. Check Dispose My Meds for help with locating a drug disposal program in your area.

Flushing your medicines is acceptable in some cases, but not always. Check with your pharmacist about whether your medication may be safely flushed.

 If no other means of disposal is available or appropriate, you can mix medicines with something that is unappealing, such as kitty litter, dirt or used coffee grounds, and put the mixture in a sealed plastic bag before throwing it away. Always make sure you remove the labeling on any empty pill bottles or packaging before disposing of the container to ensure privacy.

If you’re looking for more helpful hints to stay safe with your medications and supplies, check out the free FamilyWize 10th Anniversary eBook. It's a great way to ensure you're staying smart when it comes to your medications, and is written by an expert pharmacist with over three decades of experience.

And don’t forget to use your FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card when purchasing your medications! The card is free to all consumers, insured and uninsured, has no eligibility requirements, and features unlimited use. Showing the card to your pharmacist when you pick up your prescription guarantees you'll get the lowest price - last year, users of the FamilyWize card saved an average of 42%. Print out a card today by going to, order one by calling 1-800-222-2818, or download the free app available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phones!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How to Revamp your Medicine Cabinet

If it’s been years since you last sorted, cleaned, and restocked your medicine cabinet, you’re not alone. The medicine cabinet is one of the most overlooked areas of the home, even though its contents are extremely important to your family’s health. Read on for tips regarding the essentials you should have on hand, as well as ideas for natural remedies to common ailments.

Why revamp your medicine cabinet?

  1. It gives you a chance to clean out prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, creams, and   ointments that have expired.
  2. You'll know which essentials you are low on and need to replace.
  3. Consider natural alternatives for everyday use.

What essentials should you keep in your medicine cabinet?


  • Thermometer
  • A pill cutter
  • Tweezers and a magnifying glass

The basics

  • Aspirin (or an alternative)
  • Gauze and a variety of bandages
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Witch-hazel
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • First-aid cream or ointment

Note: Experts recommend storing any medications in a place other than the medicine cabinet, outside the bathroom. Heat and moisture can break down both prescription and over-the-counter medications, causing them to be less effective. In the case of prescription medications, store them in a safe, locked area, especially out of reach of children and teens.

Common ailments that can affect your family

According to eMedicineHealth, here are some of the most common ailments you should prepare for:

*Cuts, scrapes, sprains, and bruises
*Pain and fever
*Rashes, bug bites, and other skin ailments
*Stomachaches and digestive problems
*Sleep issues

How can you switch to a more natural medicine cabinet?

Here are some examples of natural products and their uses:

Arnica is good for arthritic pain as well as sprains, this natural alternative is available in both a cream and tablet form.

Magnesium can be used for headaches, especially migraines and those related to tension. Magnesium is available in tablet form and is also found in Epsom Salt. It may also with sleep.

Ginger is available as a powder, in pill form, or as a tea, ginger is a great remedy for stomach upsets and other digestive ailments.

Aloe Vera is effective for treating skin irritations such as minor burns, scrapes, and sunburn. Available in a bottle or you can keep a live plant in your home.

Check out Mother Earth Living for more ideas.

What are some ways to use natural remedies for common conditions?

For bruises, use arnica cream or gel after icing the bruised area to help alleviate pain and swelling.

For a natural remedy for diarrhea, drink ginger or chamomile tea to sooth your stomach and help replace lost fluids.

If you're suffering from sleep or anxiety, try any of the following natural remedies for relief:

  • Drink chamomile tea.
  • Use Epsom Salt foot soaks or baths.
  • Enjoy a lavender bath or place a drop of lavender on a tissue and inhale the aroma.

When should you clean your medicine cabinet?

When you do spring and fall cleaning each year, add your medicine cabinet to the list.  When cleaning, don’t forget to check the expiration dates on both over-the-counter and prescription medications. In addition, also check items like sunscreen and makeup; your toothbrushes should be changed regularly, too. Visit the American Osteopathic Association website for more guidelines.

Make cleaning, restocking, and revamping your medicine cabinet a priority at least twice each year, and help keep your family safe and healthy when illness or injury hits your home.

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