I have some extra Pentaza left over.

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   Posted 8/22/2010 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I was taking Pentasa and it didn't work for me after a few months so the doctor switched me back to Lialda and that leaves me with approximately 600 of the 500MG capsules left over. I would like to recoup some of my money back.

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   Posted 8/22/2010 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
yea, I have a bunch of entocort left over, and entocort is pricey, i wish i could donate them, but i don't think you can, I guess just flush them

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   Posted 8/23/2010 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I once ordered a 3 month supply of pentasa (like 800 pills or something) and found out the next day that I was supposed to quit taking them.  I called Medco, who had just shipped the meds that day and asked if I could return them unopened and they said no, per federal regulations.  I asked if I could refuse the shipment when UPS arrived and they said no.  So, I had to throw them all away. 

Crohn's Disease with Arthritis, Non-Erosive Reflux Disease, Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Depression/Anxiety 

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   Posted 8/23/2010 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Unfortunately, once a med leaves a pharmacy there is a law that states they can not take it back.  I work in a specialty pharmacy that only fills oral chemotherapy.  It is very very hard to tell patients there is nothing we can do to help them once we have shipped out the med.  These chemos are so expensive.  I feel so bad for them.
This happened with my Humira too.  I had just gotten a new months supply when my dr decided to stop it.  It sucks.
Also, someone mentioned flushing what you don't use but this is not recommended.  They say to leave it in the bottle but add some water to dissolve it or mix in cat litter or some thing very unappetizing.  Then duck tape it well and toss it.
Hope this helps.
I am a 29 yo female, Dx with UC in 97, hospital stays monthly, tons of blood transfusion, bowel rest on TPN, prednisone, asacol, sulfa, imuran, VSP
99- multiple failed remicade treatments, more hospital stays
finally in 2001 had enough and had total colectomy (j-pouch) surgery, 1st step was good, then the reversal was not such a breeze, got peritinitis which was awful!!
the rest of 2001-2006 were amazing!
now having problems again- they are thinking Crohns.- have been on Humira with no luck

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   Posted 8/23/2010 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Please don't flush meds down the toilet, the lakes are polluted enough as it is...
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

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   Posted 8/23/2010 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
That really sucks, having put out all that money and being unable to get it back. But unfortunately it sounds like that's the law.

As for methods of disposal though, I've always been told to return any unused and unwanted meds to the pharmacy, as they have safe ways of disposing of it.

You could also give the pills back to your doctor... you didn't hear this from me but I know of someone who couldn't afford their prescription and was able to get some for free from his/her doctor thanks to another patient returning their meds. (I'm fairly certain that's not exactly legal here, but exceptions were made as otherwise the patient would go unmedicated. It was totally a judgement call on the doctor's part.) So while you wouldn't get and money back, it could potentially help someone else - or at least the meds would be disposed of safely.

Female, 29 y/o, dx Crohn's in June 2010, but probably had it for 10 years prior
Currently on 9 mg Entocort, plus elemental iron and calcium/vitamin D supplements

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   Posted 8/23/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I wish there was a way to set up a med exchange. I know there are alot of crazy people who might mess with them so I understand why it can't be done, but I'm in the same boat. I have a months supply of Asacol that has maybe 1 day taken out of it. I had a bad reaction to them and only took them one day. I don't know what to do with them...
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 13. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. 2 fistula's, perianal and perivaginal.

Humira, probiotic, a multivitamin, Glucosamine, D3, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and fish oil. I also take Tramadol 50 mg and Klonopin (for anxiety) as needed.

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   Posted 8/23/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Unfortunately, it is illegal and unsafe to "med swap."  It may seem like  a good idea but in the long run it really is not!
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