With so many older adults taking several prescriptions, and with physicians adding and changing medications and dosages to determine the ideal solutions, it’s essential to understand what to do with meds which are no longer needed or that have expired. There are several options:
- Check labels. The prescription’s label or informational literature might provide guidance about how to safely get rid of the drug. You could also consult with the pharmacist for guidelines.
- Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This is the preferred way to responsibly dispose of unwanted medications, and it is held annually in locations throughout the country by the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration. Discover the venue nearest to you together with the next date for the event.
- Use caution before flushing medication down the toilet. Flushing prescription medications down the toilet is usually not recommended, but there are specific exceptions, listed in the FDA’s Flush List. Medications currently deemed acceptable to flush include:
- Sodium Oxybate
- Conceal when disposing. Many medications can be discarded with normal trash, if safeguards are taken to prevent animals from mistakenly ingesting them or from anyone looking for drugs to uncover and take them. The FDA recommends mixing the meds with an undesirable substance – such as coffee grounds or kitty litter – and then placing in a secured plastic bag before adding to your household garbage bag.
- Take off identifying information. Make sure to scratch out and/or shred any private information to safeguard the older adult’s identity in order to prevent anyone who is unauthorized from discovering the prescription container and obtaining a refill of the prescribed medication.
To get more elderly care tips and help for senior medications, including medication reminders to make sure senior loved ones take prescriptions just as directed by the health care provider, reach out to the aging care experts at Atlanta Home Care Partners. We’re also here to help with an array of aging care needs in the home that improve total wellbeing for seniors, such as:
- Help with personal care and hygiene needs
- Meal planning and preparation
- Light household chores
- Companionship to engage in conversations and enjoyable activities
- Transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments and outings
- Running errands, such as picking up groceries and prescriptions
- And a lot more.
Give us a call at (404) 228-0103 to let us know more about the challenges a senior loved one is facing, and to request a free of charge in-home consultation to learn more about our caregivers in Atlanta and surrounding areas. To learn more about all of the communities we serve, please visit our Service Area page.