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Old 11-13-2018, 06:45 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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My GI doctor prescribed some medicine for my ulcer which made me very nauseated. Unfortunately I got a 3 month supply because I figured how sick could a stomach medicine make me. I have 3 huge bottles of this stuff called Sucralfate. In the past I have had doctors prescribe meds that I wasn't able to tolerate. It seems such a waste to just throw them away when they could be donated to someone who can't afford their medication.


I know the logical reasons but we are just such a wasteful country sometimes.
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Old 11-13-2018, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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IF some of the bottles are completely unopened (still sealed, etc.) - you might ask your Dr. - if they can't be proven to not be unopened - too risky for anyone to accept.
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:02 AM
 
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My GI doctor prescribed some medicine for my ulcer which made me very nauseated. Unfortunately I got a 3 month supply because I figured how sick could a stomach medicine make me. I have 3 huge bottles of this stuff called Sucralfate. In the past I have had doctors prescribe meds that I wasn't able to tolerate. It seems such a waste to just throw them away when they could be donated to someone who can't afford their medication.


I know the logical reasons but we are just such a wasteful country sometimes.
yes...very wasteful.

I too have some medicines that I found were not agreeable to me...this after I had a large prescription filled.
I asked the Doc if I could give them to him, so he could give them to a patient who can't afford the medicine, (or even give a few to see if the patient can tolerate them) but he said NO, they would be destroyed. Even unopened prescriptions are destroyed...the drugstore you got them from will do that for you if you so desire.
I've kept them....could prove handy one day.

I did learn that when getting a new prescription for anything, ask the Doc for a tiny amount...maybe 6...and then if they're agreeable to you, you can go back for a large prescription.
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Old 11-13-2018, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I take a chance and give them to friends on a lower income who can use them. Since it is illegal, I take them out of the bottle and label a baggie (ex 25 mg sertraline). They are happy.
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Old 11-13-2018, 06:52 PM
 
Location: northern New England
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is there a free clinic in your area?
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Old 11-13-2018, 07:27 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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This medication is also used for dogs and cats. An animal shelter or rescue group might be interested - obviously one that works under the guidance of a vet to make sure the dosage and formulation are correct.
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Old 11-13-2018, 07:49 PM
 
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Walgreens I have seen advertised as a place to get rid of drugs.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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My GI doctor prescribed some medicine for my ulcer which made me very nauseated. Unfortunately I got a 3 month supply because I figured how sick could a stomach medicine make me. I have 3 huge bottles of this stuff called Sucralfate. In the past I have had doctors prescribe meds that I wasn't able to tolerate. It seems such a waste to just throw them away when they could be donated to someone who can't afford their medication.


I know the logical reasons but we are just such a wasteful country sometimes.
Recycling medications is illegal. There's too much risk of their having been contaminated or even replaced by bogus medications, in what look like identical capsules or packaging.
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:01 PM
 
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My GI doctor prescribed some medicine for my ulcer which made me very nauseated. Unfortunately I got a 3 month supply because I figured how sick could a stomach medicine make me. I have 3 huge bottles of this stuff called Sucralfate. In the past I have had doctors prescribe meds that I wasn't able to tolerate. It seems such a waste to just throw them away when they could be donated to someone who can't afford their medication.


I know the logical reasons but we are just such a wasteful country sometimes.
Just remember YOU created the waste by getting more medication than you needed.
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:15 PM
 
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This medication is also used for dogs and cats. An animal shelter or rescue group might be interested - obviously one that works under the guidance of a vet to make sure the dosage and formulation are correct.
I keep everything in case a pet or a friend or fam can use it. Vets charge a lot more than a pharmacy.
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