Last updated on Feb 9th, 2015 at 04:40 am
? When medications have expired and you have dispensed with the remains, remember to take off the labels and rename if you are planning to recycle them.
? Throw out any tablets that have cracked or become discoloured.
? Any liquid medicine that you notice has separated, should no longer be in your cupboard.
? Medications that have lost their labels should be thrown out before someone does the guessing game and takes the wrong treatment.
? Do not keep antibiotics, the course of which you should have completed. They become ineffective with age and can even be dangerous.
? Check the expiry date on all antibiotic ointments for the same reasons.
? Gauze bandages and adhesive strips that are old should go as they will likely have lost their sterility and won’t, in any case, be as healing.
? Sunscreens must be dispensed with after the expiry date because they lose their effectiveness. There is a date on them which is not always that easy to see.
? Do not keep any medication that has a faulty fitting lid.
? Return your old prescription medication to your pharmacy for disposal.
Source: Don’t Throw it out. Yankee mag.