Spring Cleaning the Medicine Cabinet

 Hylton I Lightman, MD, DCH (SA), FAAP

Passover is a beautiful time of the year and yes it does require additional tasks and focus to accomplish what must be done with our obligation to get rid of chametz.

As a pediatric practice, we thought it would be appropriate to talk about expired medicines both over the counter, prescription, vitamins and supplements.

So what about the medicine cabinet?

Pesach is perfect time to go through your medications and vitamins to look for the dates of expiration.  Even if you have over the counter medicines that have not been used for some time, you might want to discard those to be safe.

​As time passes, medicines may lose their effectiveness. The disposal method you choose can have a direct effect on the safety and the health of the environment.   This article in Healthy Children, powered by The American Academy of Pediatrics provides safe methods of disposal.

Secondly, here is a bit of practical advice regarding the household:

Aish shares a more in depth view and several tips that our own family has picked up over the years.  Cleaning for Passover can actually be easy, there’s lots of room for creativity, and it’s fun.

Orthodox Union simplifies and offers suggestions for our busy and growing families!

If you have any questions on medications and exposing safely, please do not hesitate to contact us by email.

As always, daven.

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