When we think of spring cleaning, we may focus on closets and drawers, and filling boxes and bags with unused items for donation. This is the ideal time to look at your medicine cabinets and see what stays and what goes. For people who deal with joint pain, medication may play an important role in improving mobility. Therefore, it’s recommended to inventory your meds and ensure your good health.
Check the dates. If you find a can of vegetables in your pantry that’s well past its expiration date, you’re not likely to prepare it. The same line of thinking goes for medicine – it can lose potency over time, or even make you sick. Some suggest meds are good for about a year after their end date, but it’s best to consult with your physician if you have questions.
Check the condition of your meds. Do you detect an odd smell when you open the bottle? Do the pills appear a different color than when you received them? These could be signs your meds have gone bad. Err on the side of caution and get rid of them if so. Which leads us to the third tip…
Don’t simply toss it. There’s a proper way to dispose prescription medications. It isn’t good to throw away the pill bottles, especially if there’s a risk they will fall into curious hands. Whatever you plan to remove from your home, it’s important to render the meds unusable. Place the pills in a plastic bag mixed with dirt, coffee grounds, or a similar inedible substance before throwing away.
Medication is one way to help with pain management for those who deal with arthritis or other types of joint pain. At Bon Secours, our physicians can help determine the best course of action for you, so you can maintain quality of life with minimal discomfort. To learn more about the options available to you, contact us today.