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Do you know your OTC’s?

If there is something that I am a fanatic about it is medicines and pretty much any types of items with an expiration date. I think that it is crucial to remove expired things from our home as soon as possible.

I will not let anyone take any sort of expired medicine in our house. Have you had something like a soda that went past its expiration? One sip and you know that something is wrong with it. One look at the expiration date and you automatically think, “Aha!”

I am just as vigilant about medicine that I am about food and even though you cannot taste a medicine that is past the expiration date, it is important to remove anything expired from your home. But I had no idea that I shouldn't just be tossing it in the trash bin. However, one read of the one of the handy infographics on the and I knew that I was doing things wrong.

As a consumer, I feel that it is my responsibility to take charge of my own healthcare and that of my family. I have been trying to do a much better job of that lately. But frankly, I get confused and I end Googling the answers to something but I go to a lot of different sites. Now there is one resource that I can head to first every time I need information.

GET TO KNOW KNOWYOUROTCS.ORG is an educational website that provides the a knowledge we all need to “lead healthier lives through responsible use, storage and disposal of over the counter medicines.”

At, you will find a one-stop resource for over the counter medicine information. This is the kind of thing that I need. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to administer medicine in the middle of the night but it took a lot longer because I needed to read the directions and get more information before I gave my child medicine.

On, they break down the technical language so you can deal with your 8-year-old daughter's 2:00am fever or understand when to take a cough expectorant instead of a suppressant. is great parenting resource and one that you should bookmark today!


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  1. This is such great information to have. Most people don’t realize that there is a very specific ways to dispose of medications.

  2. Robin Masshole Mommy

    This sounds like a great resource for parents. What a helpful site.

  3. Oh this is great to know! I wasn’t fully aware of this so I’m glad to see it! I am always open to finding out how to dispose of things properly!

  4. My husband is notorious for taking expired headache pills!! It drives me nuts and I slowly replace the bottles for him (we rarely go through a container of headache pills before they expire).

  5. I’m pretty good about checking the expiration date on drugs, etc., but I didn’t know the proper way of disposing of them. I would just empty the bottles in the trash. Oops.

  6. I didn’t know that was the recommended disposal method. I’ll start to do that the next time I need to get rid of old OTC medicines.

  7. We also take out the expired medicine at home. To eliminate the risks, we only buy certain medicines as necessary and do not stock up too many of the same kind.

  8. This is some great information. It’s so important to make sure that old medicines are disposed of properly.

  9. Such great information to have! What a wonderful resource to educate ourselves with! We need to know our OTCs!

  10. Thank you for sharing this, you know this is very helpful information.

  11. Thanks for this great reminder. I honestly don’t often check the expiration dates on OTC medications and I’m sure there are some I need to replace.

  12. This is such a great site and perfect for people who are not educated on this; will pass it on for sure!

  13. I usually take my medication to our local pharmacist. They have drop off days where they take medications and properly dispose of them.

  14. This is a great resource. I think most people just flush their medicines that are expired or unused. That is so bad and everyone needs to learn the proper, safe way.

  15. This post was perfectly timed for me. This week I have to clean out a bunch of old bathroom items, many of which are expired OTC medications and vitamins.

  16. Danielle K

    This sounds like an excellent resource for parents and caregivers. I have a three year old and hopefully another baby soon so I’ll definitely be using this.

  17. Elizabeth O.

    I’m glad to have this information right now. Will check some of my OTC medicines!

  18. I cleaned my medicine cabinet last week. My husband tend to keep meds that are expired already so I took care of it.

  19. This is a lot of great information. I did not know half of it. Thanks for sharing.

  20. I’m always good about checking expiration dates, I’m very paranoid about it actually. My husband on the other hand doesn’t believe anything really expires and will fight me every time I throw things out.

  21. As soon as I’m done with a medication, I flush it. And then put the empty container up high so I don’t forget what I was taking.

  22. breanna

    These are great tips, a lot I was unaware of. I am glad you shared this. I enjoy learning things that I can do in my own life.

  23. I have never heard of how to get rid of old OTC pills but it makes total sense. I will use these tips instead of letting them stack up in the cabinet.

  24. I went to nursing school, so I am familiar with my OTC’s and we recently did some housecleaning in the medicine cabinet.

  25. Lisa Bristol

    This is great information. I have always taken any unused medicine to the pharmacy for disposal.

  26. This is such a great time for this information! I’m in the process of doing my spring cleaning and could for sure clean out some of my medicines. Thanks for the tips!

  27. Ann Bacciaglia

    Our local Pharmacy has a great program for collecting old medicine. I know people still flush it down the toilet and that is such a terrible thing to do.

  28. We have 8 people here, so we pretty much go thru our OTC’s ages before they expire 😉

  29. I always remove expired medications as well. But, I guess I’ve been doing it wrong. I’ll definitely refer back to the infographic and make sure I dispose of them properly in the future. Thanks for sharing.

  30. I need to get better about checking expiration dates and disposing of meds properly. I have a stocked cabinet but we never touch the stuff!

  31. lisa


    This is such a great time for this information! I’m in the process of doing my spring cleaning and could for sure clean out some of my medicines. Thanks for the tips!

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