A new year means it is time to clean out and reorganize your medicine closet! I actually did it a few days after Christmas. We actually keep all our medications in the linen closet in the hallway. If I don’t sort through it a few times a year everything just gets thrown in there and we can never find stuff when we need it! I went through and got rid of anything that had already expired or was about to expire. Then I separated everything into small bins I bought a few years ago at one of the dollar stores. I have one for hair care samples (shampoo, conditioner, gels etc), teeth products (extra toothbrushes, floss, samples of tooth paste etc), Body product samples ( body wash, face wash, lotions etc) Stomach / Indigestion medications, Cold / Flu medications and then one for pain relief medications.
Remember that medicines lose their potency over time, so make sure you get rid of them if they have expired. Drugs degrade more quickly under warm, moist conditions so be careful where and how you store your medicine this year! Some towns have a day when you can drop off expired or unwanted medications. If not you can always mix the medication you are throwing out with kitty litter, coffee grounds or some other undesirable material to be sure they don’t fall into the wrong hands. It is always good to remove any personal information from prescription bottles before you throw them out.
We have to be really picky about what medications we buy because almost everything Tony takes makes him really groggy – even medications that are non-drowsy. A certain mucous relief brand even makes him light headed and dizzy. Last year he had a terrible cold and I tried a cough syrup I found at wal-mart that was homeopathic. It was about the same price as other cough syrups but I knew the active ingredients in the other stuff wasn’t working so I wanted to try something new. Luckily it worked wonders and he had no side affects! Ever since then I am more willing to try homeopathic medications. I even use homeopathic sleep pills now on occasion. Actually they aren’t “sleep” pills. They actually say non-drowsy right on the box since none of the ingredients actually make you sleepy. Instead, they have natural ingredients that help you to relax and decrease your anxiety which in turn helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep since your mind isn’t racing.
I was recently sent a Homeopathic Value Pack from Boiron to try out. The pack contained Oscillo, Chestal and ColdCalm.
So far, Coldcalm is the only one I have tried out since *knock on wood* we haven’t really been sick this winter. One of the things I found interesting was that the directions said to take 1 dose (2 tablets) every 15 minutes for 2 hours! And then take 1 dose every hour until symptoms are relieved. That seemed like an awful lot of pills to take! The pills do dissolve on your tongue and honestly didn’t have much of a taste, but I would imagine it would be difficult to get a sick cranky child to keep putting pills in their mouth every 15 minutes! I took the first dose this morning when I woke up because I felt really stuffy and had a bit of a sore throat. 15 minutes later I took the next dose and then again in 15 i took another dose. After that I forgot to take any more because… I wasn’t stuffy anymore!
One thing I was really surprised about was that I read that homeopathic medicines are regulated as drugs by the FDA on the side label of each box. I really thought the FDA did NOT regulate homeopathic drugs. I went to Boiron’s website to find out more.
Boiron offers more than 800 homeopathic medicines that are approved by the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of United States (HPUS).To be accepted as a homeopathic medicine by the FDA, product ingredients must be identified in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) or generally accepted as homeopathic under the principles of homeopathy.
All Boiron homeopathic medicines are manufactured according to the highest standards, complying with the specifications of the HPUS as well as drug Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
Being regulated as a drug, as opposed to a food or dietary supplement, ensures that homeopathic medicines adhere to drug labeling specifications. Like packaging for conventional over-the-counter drugs, packaging for homeopathic medicines must state specific diseases, ailments or symptoms for which the product is to be used, the concentration of active substance or substances contained therein, the recommended dosage and the mode of application. These clear specifications make choices easier for consumers and guidance easier for retailers.
I also learned that their Children’s Chestal® won the 2010 Best of Supplements Award from Better Nutrition Magazine!
I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I have heard that a tube of Oscillo is on the nightstand in a scene in “Little Fockers”! The scene occurs when Pam, played by Teri Polo, is sick in bed with the flu. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, keep a lookout for Oscillo!
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