• Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    May 12, 2008
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    May 12, 2008

    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.




You should know Answers to your question are meant to provide general health information but should not replace medical advice you receive from a doctor. No answers should be viewed as a diagnosis or recommended treatment for a condition. Content posted by community members does not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media, which also reserves the right to remove material deemed inappropriate.