Here are some tips to tidy up your medicine cabinet in no time:
Take the time to review it with the pharmacist so you understand the purpose of each medication and how it should be taken. This will give you a better idea of what should stay in your cabinet.
Set aside any that are not on the list or are from another store. If there are several bottles of the same medication, do not put them all into one bottle. Check the date on the pharmacy label instead and only keep the most recent.
Examine creams, syrups, drops, needles and inhalers, not just pills. Check the expiration dates of over-the-counter medications, natural health products, and others (e.g., first aid or personal hygiene products) and set aside any that are expired or that you no longer use.
Follow these general directives to determine if a product is still good or not:
|Product Type||Shelf Life Once Opened|
|Solid medications (tablets, capsules, caplets, softgels, etc.)||In a container: 1 year
Individually packaged (blister pack): manufacturer’s expiry date
|Liquid medications (syrups)||1 year|
|Creams, ointments (except for the eyes)||In a tube: 1 year
In a container: 90 days (higher contamination risk)
|Eye drops or ointments||30 days* (higher contamination risk)
*Some drops can last up to 90 days once the packaging is opened. Follow the manufacturer’s indications.
Do not discard them in the toilet or with household garbage.
To protect the public and the environment, Quebec pharmacies participate in a medications return program. All returned medications are destroyed by a specialized company with strict adherence to environmental standards.
Getting rid of medications safely and in an environmentally friendly way is also a way to protect your health.
The pharmacy services presented in this section are offered by pharmacist owners who are affiliated with PROXIM. The pharmacists are solely responsible for the professional activities carried out during the practice of pharmacy.
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.