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ravenwoodglass

What To Do With The 'pharmacy'

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I was straightening today and came across the fishing tackle box that I used to use for all my families meds. I was astounded, I had really forgotten how bad it was pill wise. Just me alone had over 6 daily scripts. Anyway all of these are pre 2002, haven't need any since then :D , and I am not sure what to do with them. Some are controlled substances (so much for the drug seeker therory of some of my docs) and some are almost full. I don't want to flush them as that doesn't seem safe for the evironment and a landfill doesn't seem safe for wildlife. What should I do with these things?


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Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

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I guess I would flush them. The waste treatment process may "de-activate" the chemical componets.

Isn't it wonderful to be able to dispose of them after all your years of suffering. :)


Lisa

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take them back to a pharmacy and see if they'll do it for you.


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The pharmacist told me to flush what we didn't use. I guess you could burn them! It's nice enough outside for a campfire. :P


gluten-free 12/05

diagnosed with Lyme Disease 12/06

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Around here, it is strongly suggested to return unused and expired drugs to the pharmacy for proper disposal. You certainly don't want it entering the water system if you can help it.

Michelle

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Definitely don't flush them. I just read an article in last month's Parents magazine about how to dispose of old meds. It said to not flush them. Perhaps they have the article online???


~Angie~

Gluten free since May 2004

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yes I've been reading stuff saying not to flush old meds anymore...garbage gail is better. but maybe pharmacy can give a beter solution.


Husband has Celiac Disease and

Husband misdiagnosed for 27 yrs -

The misdiagnosis was: IBS or colitis

Mis-diagnosed from 1977 to 2003 by various gastros including one of the largest,

most prestigious medical groups in northern NJ which constantly advertises themselves as

being the "best." This GI told him it was "all in his head."

Serious Depressive state ensued

Finally Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003

Other food sensitivities: almost all fruits, vegetables, spices, eggs, nuts, yeast, fried foods, roughage, soy.

Needs to gain back at least 25 lbs. of the 40 lbs pounds he lost - lost a great amout of body fat and muscle

Developed neuropathy in 2005

Now has lymphadema 2006It is my opinion that his subsequent disorders could have been avoided had he been diagnosed sooner by any of the dozen or so doctors he saw between 1977 to 2003

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Hi,

When my grandmother passed away, my Mother called a service that came and confiscated all old meds and supplies (tons of vicodin, etc.). Unfortunately, I can't get hold of her for the next week, so I can't call her to find out more info. She was at an assisted living facility, though, and I think that maybe if you call one of them, they may be able to direct you to someone who can help you. Maybe you could drop them at a location like that. If she calls (my mom), I'll ask her. Hope that helps, however vague.

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Flushing or pouring down the drain are not the best because it puts the drugs into the water system.

I've heard that rendering the drugs useless--by adding a little water to pill bottles and putting something dry, like cat litter, in liquids--and then throwing in the trash is ok to do.

Calling your pharmacy is a good idea--if they won't dispose of the meds, they may know someone in the area who will.


Patti

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In Canada, all of the big pharmacies take back old/unused meds, and advertise this aplenty. I have often heard pharmacists say to NEVER let prescription meds enter the water system.

I wonder what they do with the stuff?


Emily

diagnosed type one diabetic 1973

diagnosed celiac winter 2005

diagnosed hypothyroid spring 2006

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I wouldn't flush them. I'd take them to the local pharmacy. They'll be well-versed in how to dispose of them.


Gluten-Free since September 15, 2005.

Peanut-Free since July 2006.

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Thanks for all the input everyone. Just for fun, a maybe bring a point home to newbies, I posted what I took daily at the time of diagnosis along with what I take now, a vitamin and baby asprin. I was going to photograph everything but thought just the then current dailys would be plenty.

I decided to to liquify them all together and then toss it into my next litter box change. That should keep the gulls and raccoons from getting into them. I thought about taking them to the pharmacy but don't want all those little bottles with our names on them in some trash bin and some are illegeal to carry without some identifing info. Knowing my luck I would get pulled over with my baggie.

I am still shaking my head over this. It is just amazing.


Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

 Gene Test Aug 2007

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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Thanks for the link. I am glad to know I made the right choice.


Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

 Gene Test Aug 2007

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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