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Last month I woke up with my third cold of the winter season. This one came with a cough, so I pulled out a full bottle of cough syrup I remembered having in my medicine cabinet. Imagine my surprise when I saw that it had expired in June of 2005! I decided it was time to do some spring cleaning of my medicine cabinet. Fortunately, I’ve recently learned some medication storage tips that will prevent me having to throw away full bottles of expired medicine and I’d like to share those with you. Tablets and Capsules Prescription or over-the-counter medication in tablet or dry capsule form can be frozen.
Wrap the tablets or capsules in plastic wrap and put them back into their original container.
Put that container in a plastic bag and seal the bag, expelling as much air as possible.
Write the date on the bag and pop it in your freezer.
Freezing your medications also “freezes” their expiration dates. For example, if your tablets h...
I count my blessings that Multiple Sclerosis is like a fire smoldering inside of me. Seldom does it ever rage to a full-blown blaze.
With relapsing-remitting MS , it’s as though the embers continue burning underneath the surface of my skin. The numbness in my hands. Tingling in my feet. Increased levels of fatigue.
Every day I continue doing as much as I can, from working full time as a writer/editor at Central Michigan University to serving as Jennifer’s primary caregiver and running three times each week to stay healthy. I always am in tune with my body as to not stir the MS to the point it rekindles and sparks another blaze – or relapse, if you will.
But I had no choice this last week. In the same way powerful winds spread wildfires, natural elements fanned the embers of my symptoms into hard-to-control realities.
I came down with bronchitis.
Dealing with something like this is bad enough by itself, let alone adding it on top o...
What exactly is a "black box" warning? Simply put, it's the strongest warning that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can require on a drug's packaging. The FDA requires the black box warning when studies suggest a drug can cause a serious or life-threatening side effect. The text of the warning is set apart from other information in a black box, so that doctors, pharmacists, and patients can easily see it. What did the FDA advisory panel recommend? The FDA itself hasn't made a decision about acetaminophen, but an FDA advisory panel has made 10 recommendations concerning the drug. Among those recommendations, the panel voted to remove acetaminophen-containing painkillers such as Vicodin, Tylenol 3, and Percocet from the nation's formularies. It also voted in favor of removing all acetaminophen-containing prescription drugs from the market. But the panel voted to keep over-the-counter (OTC) pills that combine acetaminophen and other ingredients, su...
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