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not creative
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   Posted 11/20/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
What do I do with my didn’t-end-up-taking-it-but-I-have-a-full–supply-of-it-now pills?
Apparently, the toilet isn’t a good idea and I don’t really want to throw it in the garbage.

I have a whole mess of tetracycline (like 110 capsules) and at least two Humira pens.
I guess I could just Sharps the pens, but it seems like such a waste, they’re so expensive. I wish I could give them to someone!
Laurenne, 24 Graduate from University of California, Davis. BA-Anthropology
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002
On <strike>Remicade,</strike> had severe allergic reaction to my third infusion, starting Cimzia soon, Tetracycline, Zoloft, Lialda and Imodium


croony
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   Posted 11/20/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
take them to the pharmacy. they will get rid of them safely.

38 yrs old male. dx with cd of ileum June 2006.
3 feet of large intestine and 1 1/2 feet of small intestine removed because of complications from diverticulitis (fall '03) i.e. hartman's surgery(starting to wonder if i was misdiagonized and was actually CD)
med. : 100mg imuran ,remicade Dec.06 every 6 weeks
 arthritis in fingers and knees


cindywchrones
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   Posted 11/20/2008 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   

I have to admit that I stock mine unless they are a year old and take them later to avoid going to the doctor..I have four kids and had a very demanding job before we moved..Going to the doctor was an hour round trip and the doctor was always late and delayed so it was 3-4 hours of missed  work..I usually trash or flush my old left overs..

Cindy


LMills
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   Posted 11/20/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish I could take your pens hah...but I suppose you should take them to the pharmacy like the others said unless you feel like you might be taking them again in the future.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
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sjkly
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   Posted 11/20/2008 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmm...I have a bottle of sulindac and about 4 bottles of prednisone that I am hoarding just in case I need them later. Anything really useless I take back to the pharmacy.

Ides
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   Posted 11/20/2008 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Regulations vary from state to state and I suppose therefore from country to country. In my locale, my military hospital will accept old meds that they have dispensed. One local pharmacy will not accept any meds. There are public service announcements regularly on television about how bad it is to dump them in the toilet or garbage. My last attampt to return old meds to the pharmacy for proper disposal resulted in them handing back the bag telling me to call my trash company for disposal instructions.

Testing of the sewage treatment facilities waste water here showed all kinds of drugs not normally occuring naturally. Please check you local regulations for proper disposal. It is also illegal to give, sell, or trade your prescribed medications with others here in the US.
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Sniper
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   Posted 11/20/2008 10:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Please dont flush them. All that water ends up down here eventually and then we have fish with drug habits. Then we have people that are hooked on catfish because the catfish were hooked on pain killers. Its what you get when you hook a hooked fish . Shrimp start looting turtle homes to get drug money. Turtles are homeless because they sell their shells for another fix. Its sad when you see an otter try to sell his own fur too,,,so please dont flush...We may need to open a redfish rehab center...
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Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 11/21/2008 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
My closet looks like a darn pharmacy because of this. I have two large bags full of empty bottles to recycle back to the pharmacy and then a stack of left-overs that I need to dispose of but have not. I had planned on taking them back to the pharmacy as well for proper disposal. This has been on my low-priority to-do list for a while now.

karendee
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   Posted 11/21/2008 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   

I have to admit I have a bunch of untaken meds, Entocort, Pentasa and Imuran, All of them I quit taking when I switched to Humira.

I too wish I could give them to someone so they don't go to waste.

Karen


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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

 

 


malb
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   Posted 11/21/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Pharmacies should be taking them back for proper disposal. Most meds have a relatively short life cycle... no more than a year at most and often much shorter than that. Please don't flush old meds or throw them in the garbage!!! Insist that your pharmacy take them back. Oh... don't forget to ask the pharmacy exactly what they do with returned meds as not all of them are environmentally conscious either!
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