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Why sharing your prescription is not the healthy choice

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April 18th, 2010
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Sharing sounds like a generous gesture, but when it comes to prescription medication, even people with the best intentions could do more harm than good by dispensing to friends or family. And approximately 25% of people in the U.S. reported sharing their prescription medication or borrowing someone else s, according to the American Journal of Public Health. Cedar Crest. ' Everyone s system is different, and before taking any medication, you should always check with your doctor.

Spring cleaning for your prescriptions

Matt Grissinger, RPh, director of error reporting for the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, recommends cleaning out your medicine cabinet every 6 to 12 months. How should you get rid of old medicines? Don t flush them. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that medications were finding their way into sewer systems and having a negative impact on the environment. Instead, crush or dissolve pills in water, then place them in a plastic bag. (If the medication is liquid, simply put it in a plastic bag.) Mix contents with cat litter, coffee grounds, or sawdust to absorb the medication and make it less appealing to children and pets. Seal the plastic bag and put it in the trash. An alternative is calling your pharmacy. Many places have recycling programs or can advise you of the best way to dispose of your medication. Grissinger also recommends asking your doctor for a sample when you are first starting a medication. Try it and see how it goes after seven days or two weeks, so if it s no good you can stop. He explains, That way, if you switch medications, you aren t stuck with a 30-day supply and the cost attached.

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