The importance of adhering to specific self-care and self-medication guidelines is vital to your overall health and well-being. SMASA encourages everyone to take charge of their health by keeping the following in mind when using, storing or disposing of medicines:
– Read all labels, and do not take more than the recommended dose of any medication.
– If you have kids at home, look for children’s versions of specific medications.
– When in doubt about the seriousness of a medical condition, talk to your healthcare professional.
– Keep all medicine out of reach and sight of children.
– Do not use your medicine after the expiry date that appears on the label and carton. The expiry date always refers to the last day of that month.
– The leaflet will describe what the medicine should look like. Do not use the medicine if you notice any visible changes in its appearance.
– Medicine should not disposed of in the waste bin, kitchen sink, toilet or the municipal waste bin.
– Return all unused and expired medicine to your pharmacy. Your pharmacist knows how to dispose of unwanted medicine safely and legally in order to protect the environment.
Give your medicine cabinet a health check now to avoid accidents or oversight.