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Weekend Well-Being: Go Through Your Medicine Cabinet

This new Spring weather is so refreshing that I felt inspired to go outside yesterday and do some yard work. While I was raking up dead grass and leaves, I inhaled something and had a crazy allergy attack. My eyes were itchy and I was sneezing like crazy. So I went to take some over the counter Claritin. Since I hadn't used it for over a year, I glanced at the box and realized it had expired in Nov 2007. I popped the pill anyway, since my doctor told me that meds can still be effective up to a year after they expire, and I made a mental note to pick up some more.

Then I wondered what else was lurking in my medicine cabinet. An hour later, I had filled my bathroom garbage with tons of expired crap.

So this weekend, if you're bored, go through your medicine cabinet and your extensive supply of products and. . .

  • Get rid of expired over-the-counter medications like old bottles of Advil and Pepto Bismol.
  • Chuck all old vitamins or prescriptions like the ones you used two years ago when you had your wisdom teeth pulled.
  • Check your condoms too.
  • Throw out any makeup that's over three months old.
  • Ditch anything that's questionable or that you haven't used in the past year.

Fit's Tips: Make a list of all the new supplies you'll need to buy, and if you know you don't use it much, try not to buy the "Mega-size" bottle of it. If you run out, you can always buy more.


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