How do you properly dispose of Duragesic Patches?

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EMTJenn
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   Posted 2/28/2009 11:52 PM (GMT -7)   
After my father passed away, I have had the task of clearing out his home he had and getting it ready for market.  My mother had alot of medication as she had MS and Colon Cancer, all the pills have been flushed but I do not know what to do with these patches she had?  Does anyone know of a safe way to dispose of them?  I do not want to just throw them out then some person or child come into contact and get sick or worse die.  Any thoughts or ideas?
 
Thanks
 
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PAlady
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   Posted 3/1/2009 1:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Jenn,
I wonder if you could return them to the pharmacy - either the one that prescribed them or your pharmacist. Or call and ask your pharmacist for ideas about how to safely dispose.

PaLady

EMTJenn
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   Posted 3/1/2009 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I think that is a good idea, they are very old. My mother died in 2003 but I wanted to get rid of all the meds in that house the safe way.  Flushing everything else worked great but these things are tricky....Thanks for the advice, I will call them.
 
EMTJenn


Medical Problems:  Chondromalacia Patellafoemoral Syndrome-Bilat Knees, Causes me alot of pain
                                  Major Depressive Disorder/Anxiety/PTSD-My main problem I can't get a handle on
                                  Fibro-Not treated with meds, streching, relaxtion techniques help me
                                  Endometroisis/Adhesions Stage 4-Better after my total hysterectomy
                                  ADD since childhood, treated with meds when in school, just started back on meds
                                 
Meds: Pristiq(depression) Ambien (sleep) Dexedrine (ADD) Clonozepam PRN (anxiety)
            OTC-Womens One A Day Vitamin  Glucosamine/Chondroitin and tons of Emu Cream for knees
                                  
I lost my mother to suicide in 2003, my father to cancer in 2007 and my grandmother this month...I have not been right since my mothers suicide, mentally speaking.  I am trained to save lives, and I could not save her......
 
 

Post Edited (EMTJenn) : 3/1/2009 2:59:59 PM (GMT-7)


straydog
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   Posted 3/1/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
You may call the drs office and ask if they can be put in their needle box to be disposed too, just a thought. Susie


mom9mom
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   Posted 3/3/2009 1:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I think you should call the pharmacy to make sure.I do know that on my Fentanyl box it says to flush the used patch down the toilet
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Surgery to fuse L3 and L4 vertabra Dec. 31,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


Stella Marie
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   Posted 3/3/2009 4:02 AM (GMT -7)   
According to the Duragestic Package Insert - here are the manufacturer's instructions for disposal of used and unused patches:

"Patients should be advised to fold (so that the adhesive side adheres to itself) and immediately flush down the toilet used DURAGESIC® patches after removal
from the skin."Patients should dispose of any patches remaining from a prescription as soon as they are no longer needed. Unused patches should be removed from their pouches, folded so that the adhesive side of the patch adheres to itself, and flushed down the toilet.

Hope this helps.


Stella Marie

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PAlady
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   Posted 3/3/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! First, you'd better not live in the country and have a septic system or that will really clog it up. Second, I wonder since we're now finding how much of our antibiotics and other meds. are seeping into our water - what this would mean if we start flushing things like fentynal patches?

I'm not saying the instructions are being reportedly incorrectly, I'm just a little amazed at them. I would think this should be put with other medical waste in some form. I live in the Great Lakes area and we're already starting to look at what to do with meds as oppose to flush them. I'm kind of amazed at the patch instructions, though.

Interesting.

PaLady

mrsm123
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   Posted 3/3/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   

I flush mine down the toilet, but I have my own septic system. I do as the instructions say and fold them in half and then flush them. I talked to my pharmacist and he said that I could either bring them to him and he would destroy them for me, or I could flush them. As for other meds, I take them back to the pharmacy and have them destroy them for me.

 

Sandi
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mom9mom
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   Posted 3/4/2009 12:19 AM (GMT -7)   
They want you to flush them because if someone gets a hold of one from your garbage thay might O.D. on it.The ones most likely to get in your garbage is a little kid or your dog.Both might put it in there mouth and chew on it.I have a septic tank that likes to clog up so I put mine in the really big can that the garbage man rents to us and since it comes up to my chin nobody is going to be in it.I also make sure that it falls all the way down to the bottom.
Lost half of my small intestineJan.2008.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst in June 2008,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed Jan. 2008,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Gallbladder removed Nov,2008.Surgery to fuse L3 and L4 vertabra Dec. 31,2008.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.

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