In The Bathroom: Through The Looking Glass
Rare is the medicine cabinet that isn't overflowing with expired sinus medication, assorted cotton balls, and a handful of yellowing Band-Aids…our goal is to help you assemble a useful medicine cabinet with the basics you need to have—for the least money possible.
If you've been keeping up with LearnVest, you know that we're big fans of generic medications. The mere fact that the generic drugs generally cost about 80% less than their name brand counterparts is enough for us to don our "Team Generic" tees. These less costly, equally effective drugs are FDA-approved copies of brand-name drugs whose patents have expired. When your doctor gives you a prescription, bring it to a pharmacy and try to get a generic version of the medicine that you need.
Generic drugs are safe and FDA-approved. They only differ from their brand-name equivalents in size, shape, or color, and sometimes in inactive ingredients, like dyes and fillers. All of those dyes and fillers, however, are approved by the FDA, and the meds have the same active ingredients.
- Go through your medicine cabinet and throw away anything that has expired.
- Organize the cabinet so you know what you have when you need it.