Following the latest recommendations, toss out those bottles of syrup of Ipecac and replace them with activated charcoal for accidental poisonings.
Organize your medicine cabinet according to needs and you will be able to find things quickly and to know when you are getting low on an item.
Coughs and colds:
For women's monthly problems and PMS, anti-inflammatory drugs help. If water retention is also a problem, take one of the combined pills that contain a diuretic such as Midol PMS.
Pain control items include aspirin, acetaminophen or Tylenol, and anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). The most common of these are Motrin and Advil. The NSAIDS and aspirin also control fever.
For the occasional gastro-intestinal problems, there is now an amazing array of helpful products including fiber and stool softeners for constipation, anti-diarrheal medicine, and anti-gas tablets. For upset stomachs, a simple antacid such as Tums, Maalox, or Gaviscon will help. For acid reflux, one of the acid inhibitors is useful. Check with your doctor if you have any of these symptoms for a prolonged period of time.
And remember, this year you may not have to toss out those medicines on the so-called expiration date. With the exception of some liquid antibiotics, insulin, and nitroglycerin, most medicines last for several years.
First aid items in your medicine cabinet should include: