Medicine cabinet makeover

Remove expired medications to avoid hazards such as accidental poisoning or ineffective treatment.


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Like any cupboard in your house, the medicine cabinet can easily become overstuffed with pills, potions, and creams that have expired or are no longer needed. But holding on to them can be dangerous. That's why experts recommend weeding through your medicine cabinet regularly. "Check it every six months or when you change your clocks," recommends Joanne Doyle Petrongolo, a pharmacist with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. "Make it a regular habit to protect your family."

Medicine cabinet risks

For all their value, the substances in your medicine cabinet pose some risks beyond the side effects of the drugs:

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