what’s in the meds?

after all of this hoopla of cleaning out the pantry, fridge and cupboards, i sat in front of my medicine cabinet this morning and started to wonder what the hell’s in our medications. i have a ton (as you can see) and i try to purge it frequently. i honestly can’t quite figure out what we have all this crap for, but i seem to have a pill to ease nearly every ailment, one symptom at a time.

in my defense, not a single one is expired. this i know. everytime we move (on average, once a year) i go through the meds and toss the expired ones. a longtime friend (who really should be a professional organizer and cleaner) used to help me sort and arrange the medicine cabinet to make it more functional and that would cause me to re-evaluate everything, and yet i still have this disaster of a cabinet full of chemicals.

i’m a lost cause.

i guess what i’m wondering is if anyone has done any research on what’s in our meds. obviously, chemical laden substances are never good, but i’m also willing to accept that my husband will always need a bottle of excedrin migraine within his reach.

since having the babies, i’m much more cautious about what i put in their little bodies. they get the very occasional dose of tylenol, but only when things are really uncomfortable. for the most part, i try to limit them to their vitamins and natural remedies.

is anyone else out there dealing with the same challenge? how are you handling the decisions? and what about first aid stuff?


3 Responses

  1. I’m about on the same page as you with the kiddo – Tylenol as a last resort, but herbs and homeopathic stuff all the way.

    We focus a lot on preventative care here, because once you let it go long enough that you hit the place where you need, for instance, Excedrin Migraine, nothing else is really going to help.

    We do chiropractic, take Trace Minerals and Emergen-C daily, as well as raw apple cider vinegar in water. We eat lots of fruits and veggies and very VERY little meat (like, er…once a month?).

    I think that it’s important to have a fully stocked medicine cabinet for first aid/emergency type situations. I just save it for real emergencies.

    My husband still doses up on Nyquil when he’s got a cold, but Sophia and I are much more natural! I hate chemicals in my body and since I’m nursing it’s not an option anyway.

    Your cabinet is quite impressive, I must say! Do you have duplicates of a bunch of stuff? Because that’s a LOT of bottles!

    One thing you could do is get little baskets and organize your shelves to one “ailment” per shelf. So you’d have, the cough and cold shelf, the headache shelf, the bleeding shelf, etc. Then you could just pull out one little basket of junk instead of rifling through everything to find what you need. The thing with first aid items is that when you need them, you need them NOW!

    Once you reorganize, you should definitely post a new picture and explanation of how you’ve weeded your stash.

  2. Heh heh. I said “weeded your stash.” Heh heh.

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