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Stocking the Complete Medicine Cabinet - Health Information
By Michael Semchism, BSc Pharm.

Your home medicine cabinet can be a vital resource when illness or accidents occur. Stocked with key supplies and properly stored drugs, the medicine cabinet can provide not only fast relief from head colds and headaches, but can also be the best and first line of defense against more serious injuries and infections. To safeguard your family, consider the following tips and evaluate your medicine cabinet.

The medicine cabinet in most homes is typically in the bathroom. Because of the deteriorating effect of heat and humidity, the bathroom actually provides poor storage. Most medicines should be kept in a cool, dry place.

Unless specifically directed, medications should not be refrigerated. Cold temperatures can alter certain medications. (It is important to read the label on your medicine - some drugs must be refrigerated.)

Clean out your medicine cabinet at least once a year, throwing away outdated and expired medicines and those whose colour, smell, and taste have changed.

Store all medicines in their original containers.

Because of the potential dangers of drugs to children, special precaution needs to be taken in storing medicines out of their reach. Medications should be stored in high places or behind locked doors. Be particularly careful when storing medicines in the refrigerator where children may have easy access. Donít take medicine in front of children who love to imitate adults, and never refer to medicine as candy.

Your family pharmacist can help you in your selection of the following medicines and supplies to keep on hand in case of home emergencies.

These may include:

  • Pain and fever relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen for adults, and non aspirin pain relievers for children.
  • Antidiarrheal to control diarrhea
  • Antacid for upset stomach and heartburn
  • Cough syrup
  • Creams, lotions, sprays for sunburn pain, bug bites, and other skin irritations.
  • Calamine or similar lotion for itching
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Adhesive tape and strip bandages, and scissors to cut them
  • Antiseptics and anesthetics to relieve pain and prevent infection of minor cuts and abrasions
  • Sterile gauze pads in various sizes
  • Absorbent Cotton
  • Elastic bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • A thermometer and a rectal thermometer for infants and toddlers
  • A first aid manual
  • The telephone number of your regional poison control centre.


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