After been rushed into hospital for another op, it seems that I have accumulated another 3 meds to my stockpile from when I was discharged. I thought it would be a good idea to check my medical cabinet and its contents when I got home. The realization is that the medical cabinet is not deemed a priority or even a daily task in most households but should definitely be reviewed annually.
I do consider myself to be organized because all my meds are stored in one place and not peppered all over the house in various drawers/cabinets. I was shocked to discover that I had unused medications, I needed to throw away expired items, and I had to replenish items from the medical cabinet basic list.
I have supplied a medical cabinet basic list so that everyone can check his or her cabinets or drawers. I would check with the Pharmacist to see if anything should be added or deleted from the list.
Medical Cabinet Basic List
Pain, Headaches, and Fevers
Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol)
Ibuprofen (such as Advil and Motrin)
Congestion, Colds, and Coughs
Decongestant (such as Sudafed or Dristan)
Allergies and Itching
Antihistamine (such as Benadryl)
Hydrocortisone cream (for persistent itching)
Antacids (in tablet or liquid form)
Anti diarrhea treatment
Cuts and Burns
Gauze, bandages, and medical tape
Antiseptic for wound cleaning (such as hydrogen peroxide)
Antibiotic ointment for preventing infections from wounds
Aloe vera gel
Good luck with your medical cabinet.
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