medication change

By edvel54 Latest Reply 2011-04-22 13:42:17 -0500
Started 2011-04-21 19:10:49 -0500

What does someone do with medications that you no longer need. I had just got a 3 month supply of Janumet when the doctor changed my med to Januvia. Hate to waste that many. What do I do with them?

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Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-22 13:07:30 -0500 Report

Good question. Since it may be illegal, I discreetly ask around if anyone knows someone that uses XXXX for diabetes or whatever. Before I allow them to pick it up, (I don't hand it to them in case there is a legal problem) that have to show me the RX bottle. their RX needs to be for the same dose or if I have a 50mg RX and they take 100, I will let them take it. Do not take and $$$ from them as you would be selling drugs. I do not do this with pain or muscle relaxers, I had done it with cholestrol meds. Do not flush them down the commode as they can cause all sorts of promlems in your septic tank, as well as in your city's waste water plant.

RAYT721 2011-04-21 19:59:48 -0500 Report

I just found an envelope program at my local Walgreens pharmacy in which you PAY ($2.99) for the disposal service. I have some medications that I need to get rid of safely which is why that caught my eye. When I had spoken with a Pharmacist at a different pharmacy several months they suggested simply throwing them away; however, add coffee grounds so as not to attract wildlife. You would think there would be better alternatives for people who can actually use the medications and cannot afford them.

jayabee52 2011-04-21 20:31:21 -0500 Report

I think ed didn't just want to throw them away.
In CA, when Jem died she had a lot of leftover meds. They have a med disposal service in a hazardous waste disposal site. I handed them a big baggie full of pills and it didn't cost me anything except the gas to drive there. There might be something like that where you are at. Look for hazardous waste site on the internet.

jayabee52 2011-04-21 19:20:05 -0500 Report

You might give them to a free clinic which gives care to People with diabetes. See if there are any such clinics in your area. Or perhaps call your county health department and ask if they'd know where you could donate them.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-22 13:09:19 -0500 Report

Good idea JB. A while back I heard of a missionary organization that accepted medications that were still in their original vials with the drug and dosage on it. It is too far back for me to remember, but I would think it would not be too hard to find.

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