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Put the Medicine Cabinet on your Resolution List

Jan 3, 2018 | News

MedicineKeeping New Year’s resolutions is a challenge as they are much easier to make than keep. Often by the end of January, many people have abandoned their resolve and reverted to their old ways.

An easy resolution to tackle is giving your medicine cabinet a checkup and January is a perfect time to take stock and stay safe by cleaning the medicine cabinet in your home. At East Ridge, a life plan community in South Miami, staff is available to assist residents with this valuable service, but their suggestions can be applied to your personal medicine cabinet.

Here are five tips offered by East Ridge Vitality Counselor, Daphne Dunn, RN:

  • Check your medication expiration dates. Prescription medications have expiration dates on their original containers. Usually the “discard by” date is usually one year from when the prescription is filled. While some medication may actually be good for longer than you think, certain medications should never be used beyond their expiration dates. Ask your pharmacist if the medication still can be safely used. Walgreens comes to East Ridge every month and it’s a perfect time to ask the pharmacist about medications.
  • Don’t just flush away old meds. Many medications have disposal methods on the label. East Ridge can advise on medication disposal.
  • Unused antibiotics should not be kept. Once you start antibiotics, it’s important to finish them so there aren’t leftovers. Self-medicating is very dangerous when symptoms recur so it’s important to discard any unused antibiotics.
  • Know the dangers of common painkillers. Some analgesics, including Advil and Aleve, can trigger a heart attack or stroke. They can also increase bleeding risk and blood pressure.
  • Some medications should not be stored in the medicine cabinet in the bathroom. Bathrooms tend to get hot, muggy and damp—all things bad for medication. Humidity may cause some medications to break down and lose their potency. A kitchen cabinet or bedroom drawer may be more desirable for storage.

The Vitality Program at East Ridge offers assistance transitioning through the continuum of care found at the life plan community. From elective surgery preparation to post surgery recuperation, staff is available to assist residents.

To learn more about East Ridge and schedule a tour, please call the Marketing Department at 305-256-3564.