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How should you dispose of dangerous medication?

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The FDA recommends flushing only if the drug label or accompanying information says to do so. These are usually medicines that may be dangerous or deadly, including:

  • fentanyl buccal tablets (Fentora)
  • fentanyl citrate (Actiq)
  • fentanyl transdermal system (Duragesic)
  • hydromorphone hydrochloride (Dilaudid)
  • meperidine HCL tablets (Demerol)
  • methylphenidate transdermal patch (Daytrana)
  • morphine sulfate capsules (Avinza, MS Contin)
  • oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet)
  • oxycodone tablets (OxyContin)
  • sodium oxybate (Xyrem)

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "How to Get the Most from Your Medicine."

Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your High Blood Pressure Medicine."

Institute for Safe Medication Practices: “Throw Away Your Old Medicines Safely.”

Office of National Drug Control Policy: “Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs.”

FDA: “How to Dispose of Unused Medicines.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 27, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "How to Get the Most from Your Medicine."

Institute for Safe Medication Practices: "General Advice on Safe Medication Use."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Tips to Help You Remember to Take Your High Blood Pressure Medicine."

Institute for Safe Medication Practices: “Throw Away Your Old Medicines Safely.”

Office of National Drug Control Policy: “Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs.”

FDA: “How to Dispose of Unused Medicines.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 27, 2019

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