Saturday, May 10, 2008 sxyladywtn, Community Member, asks

Q: I found a medium size blue capsule labeled 6mg and with a small thin white stripe at the bottom?

I believe it is part of the narcotic family and maybe used to treat pain.  Other than that clueless.  Need to know how to dispose of?

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
5/12/08 5:34am

I can't tell you what the medication is, but you are wise to try to dispose of it properly and safely.  When disposing of unused medications, the American Pharmacists Association recommends that you:


- Crush solid medications or dissolve them in water (this applies for liquid medications as well) and mix with kitty litter or sawdust (or any material that absorbs the dissolved medication and makes it less appealing for pets or children to eat), then place in a sealed plastic bag BEFORE tossing in the trash.


- Remove and destroy ALL identifying personal information (prescription label) from the medication container.


- Check for approved state and local collection programs or with area hazardous waste facilities. In certain states, you may be able to take your unused medications to your community pharmacy.


Another good suggestion is to talk to your pharmacist. Research shows that pharmacists are one of the most accessible healthcare professionals. As the medication experts on the healthcare team, pharmacists are available to guide you on how to properly dispose of your unused medications.

 

Karen


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xhausted1, Community Member
9/11/08 5:31pm

Sounds like Zanaflex. It is a muscle relaxer. If you want to dispose of it, just flush it.

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By sxyladywtn, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/18/10, First Published: 05/10/08