You probably don’t think about your expired or unwanted household medicines a lot. They do their job of keeping you healthy, and then you stop taking them at some point. So, what happens to the medicines you don’t use? They sit in your medicine cabinet, sock drawer, or somewhere high on a shelf, tucked safely away from pets or others who may come into contact with them. Over time, they can become expired, or change in texture, color, or smell.
The FDA recommends not to use your medicine when its past the expiration date, as there is no guarantee that it will be effective, or even safe to take. So, if you have taken the medicine as directed, and you are told to keep them for future use, there are ways to ensure that they do not prematurely spoil before their expiration date:
However, if you still find expired medicines that have changed in texture, color, or smell what do you do with them?
Secure medicine disposal kiosks are located in all fifty states and allow patients to safely and anonymously dispose of their unwanted, unused, or expired household medicine. Use the MyOldMeds.com Kiosk Locator to check if there is a secure medicine disposal kiosk near you. Here on the MyOldMeds.com website, we list important information for each kiosk site so you can call to confirm its collection hours, and that it collects what you’d like to discard.
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