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Prescription Disposal after Hysterectomy

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Prescription Disposal Options after hysterectomyI have some prescription medication that is still in a sealed package. Since medications are so expensive is there any way that I could donate it to be used by someone else?

While donating or recycling prescription medication after your hysterectomy is a generous gesture, you'll need to do some research on the regulations in your state. Some states allow sealed medications to be recycled, but they can only be donated from an institution. Others do allow individual donations.

You can check with your doctor or pharmacist. For some general guidelines see the State Prescription Drug Return, Reuse and Recycling Guidelines from the National Conference of State Legislatures site.

If your state doesn’t allow medication recycling, make sure that you dispose of the medications in a way that is safe to the environment—especially water supplies!

Some guidelines on how to safely dispose of medications are:
  • Return medications to your pharmacist and see if they will dispose of them.

  • For pill or powder medications dissolve them in water and combine them with something such as kitty litter or coffee grounds to absorb the liquid. Do the same for liquid medications.

  • Remove or blackout your name from the container but return to the medicines to their original container so it is labeled in case it does get ingested or consumed.

  • Seal the container with duct tape, store it in another container such as a laundry detergent bottle and seal that with duct tape. Dispose the whole thing.

It is always a good idea to talk to your pharmacist to discuss your local options. They are often the key to understanding your prescription options.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

03-13-2011 - 09:51 AM


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