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?