The right medicine chest

In case of emergency you have a painkiller, a cooling compress or bandages on hand: A well-stocked medicine chest can serve you well. But what does everything belong in the medicine chest? When setting up a medicine cabinet, you should pay attention to the following points: Place your medicine cabinet in a light-protected, cool and dry place. The best is the bedroom. Secure your medicine chest from access by children. Keep all medications in their original packaging including the leaflet. This helps to avoid confusion. Store a cooling compress in the freezer compartment. This helps if you sprain your foot or hand.


For eye drops, note the date of first collection. Used drops should be disposed of after six weeks. Exception: eye drops in single doses.

expiry date

Pay attention to the expiry date: Medicines with an expired expiry date should not be used anymore. Check your pharmacy once a year. Determine if the supplement is complete or medication is expired, and change it if necessary.

Our recommendation for a well-stocked medicine cabinet:

flu RemediesElastic bandage
Burn and wound gelDreieckstuch
Ointment against sprainstweezers
Remedy for diarrheaBandage parcel
Ointment against insect bites1 plaster roll
Remedy for indigestiongauze
disinfectantFever thermometer
Wound and healing ointmentLeather Fingerling
Cardiovascular agentsCooling compress - put in the fridge
PainkillerRubber gloves
Individual drugbandage scissors
First aid instructionsemergency address

A few extra tips

  • Some medicines must, for. B. Store cool - pay attention to the storage regulations of the manufacturer.
  • If you sprain your hand or foot, store a cooling compress in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator.
  • The medicine chest must take into account the specifics of the family. For example, a household with children will need different medicines and dressings than a one-person household.
  • Of course, the emergency numbers should not be missing. If an emergency situation really arises, you should know what to do and where to get help.

The most important emergency numbers at a glance

Police + accident110
fire Department112
On-call service of pharmacies0800 / 228 228 0
Central call for poisoning in children030 / 1 92 40
Telephone counseling (ev.)0800 / 1 11 01 11
Telephone pastoral (cath.)0800 / 1 11 02 22
Children and youth telephone0800 / 1 11 03 33



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