Medicine cabinets can be a bit confusing, especially for someone new to medicine.
But if you have an existing medicine cabinet, there are a few tips you can use to make it a bit easier.
Keep it simple The simple design of your medicine cabinet makes it easier to find what you need, said Debra Tewksbury, a pharmacy and pharmacy assistant in Winnipeg.
“You can’t have a bunch of different kinds of medicines in there and it can really get confusing for people,” she said.
Be patient The amount of time you have to wait for a new medicine is something you can work out when you buy the medicine cabinet.
“Some medicines have a shelf life of four to six weeks,” said Tewsbury.
“If you wait that long, you might miss out on getting some important treatments.”
Know what you’re getting into If you are a new user to medicine cabinets, don’t fret.
“It’s just a piece of equipment and you don’t have to spend a lot of money,” said Jennifer Smith, an associate health and wellness care practitioner in Winnipeg who has been using her new medicine cabinet for about a month.
“When I got it, I didn’t have any preconceptions.”
For some, the first thing they notice about it is that it has a lot more space for medicine.
“I’m always a bit nervous when I see a lot less than what I need,” Smith said.
“But I like the simplicity of the layout.”
Check the label Before you buy, check the label for any special restrictions.
“There are a lot, like it’s a pain medication, it’s not a cold medicine, it might have vitamins or something else,” Smith explained.
“So it can be confusing.”
Use the right medicine for the right person If you’re using a new device to treat pain, make sure to look for a product with an active ingredient that can help relieve symptoms.
Tewesbury recommends using a pain medicine with an opioid blocker.
“Because opioids are used in a lot the older the drug, they can affect how much pain people feel,” she explained.
To find the best brand of pain medicine, look for products with a label that says, “This medicine can help control symptoms of pain.”
Check for labels and instructions on how to use it In addition to the manufacturer’s instructions, you should also be aware of what’s included with the medicine.
For example, if you buy a pain pill, it should have a clear label that explains what you can do with it.
Tiwsbury said you can’t always tell what the label will say, and that you should check the manufacturer before you buy.
If you have any questions about how to treat your pain, ask your doctor.
You can find answers to common questions about pain at Health Canada’s website.