Taking medication as prescribed by your health care provider is critically important to your health.
Be sure to store medications properly and securely to prevent accidental ingestion or misuse by others in your household, especially children.
You should follow any storage instructions provided by your healthcare provider, and any written instructions provided with your medication or listed on its packaging.
In addition, many government agencies provide information regarding safe storage of medication. Possible sources include the National Institutes of Health the Centers for Disease Control.
If there are any specific instructions for disposal on the label, package or package insert, please follow those instructions.
Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet unless the information on the package specifically instructs you to do so.
Community drug take-back locations at local law enforcement agencies and pharmacies allow residents to bring expired or unwanted medicines to a convenient, centralized location for proper disposal.
Local take-back events may offer residents a free and convenient way to dispose of expired or unwanted medicines.
If no disposal instructions are given on the drug labeling and no take-back program is available in your area, throw the drugs in the household trash following these steps.
1http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm101653.htm, page last updated May 9, 2017.