Your Annual Medicine Cabinet Cleanup Guide

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Expired medicines often don’t work as well, and they can even be harmful. To make sure that you don’t accidentally take an out-of-date medication, you should clean out your medicine cabinet every year, throwing away:

  • Any medication that has changed color or formed a residue,
  • Aspirin or acetaminophen that is crumbly or smells strange,
  • Hydrogen peroxide that no longer bubbles when applied as a disinfectant, and
  • Eye drops that have expired.

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