What to do with expired drugs? In any case, don't throw them in the trash!

How often do you check the contents of their home kit? Looking in the medicine box, many find there is drugs with expired shelf life. But don't frantically throw all the medication, because some drugs do not lose their therapeutic actions even after the expiration date.

Shelf life is the period of time when the drug provides maximum efficiency and is safe. The end of shelf life does the medication instantly harmful: often this indicates a less effective action of the drug (if the expiry date has recently expired).

Expired medicines
  1. Aspirin
    This drug can be used after the expiry date, but it will be less effective.

  2. Dextromethorphan
    It is an antitussive it is better to throw out at expiration date.

  3. Ibuprofen
    A drug that has anti-inflammatory and antipyretic activity. It can be used at the end of shelf life, but depending on the manufacturer and composition of the drug.

  4. Paracetamol
    The shelf life of this drug is extremely high, up to several years. If after drinking the pill you do not feel the effect, you shouldn't use the medicine again.

  5. Loratadine
    Many studies have confirmed the fact that this drug has a pretty long shelf-life (2 to 3 years).

  6. Eye drops
    The eye is extremely vulnerable organ, so you should be very attentive to the selection of drugs to the eye. In any case, don't use medical drops after their expiration date!

Few people know that expired medicines cannot get rid of by throwing in the trash. Use this simple statement to dispose of harmful drugs.

  1. Release of drugs from the packaging: take tablets from blister packs, emptying powder from the bags, pour the liquid from bottles and ampoules.
  2. Grind drugs in a convenient way.
  3. Mix all with inedible waste: suitable coffee grounds or cat litter.
  4. Put the mixture in a resealable jar or dark bag, then throw it in the bin.

This procedure should be done with one simple goal: not to harm the environment. The fact that discarded drugs can find birds, stray animals or curious children. It is worth spending some time to dispose of medications properly!

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