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"FDA will have to take the lead for a solution to emerge," says Ajaz Hussain, president of the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education, who also has advocated for reexamination of drug expiration dates.Prescription medications have expiration dates on their original containers, but your pharmacist is required only to put a "Discard by" date on the bottle; this date is usually one year from the date the prescription is filled.Put the mixture into a tightly sealed bag or other container to prevent spilling, then place it in the trash.Join or Renew AARP Today — Receive access to exclusive information, benefits and discounts Some analgesics, including Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen), can trigger a heart attack or stroke.If your physician has prescribed powerful opioid medications, such as Oxy Contin or Percocet, follow his or her orders strictly on dosage and frequency.
Some facilities also offer mail-back programs or drop boxes.
Never flush unused medications down the toilet Several recent studies have found that this practice results in some medicines contaminating the local water supply.
Do it yourself Mix medications with used coffee grounds, dirt or kitty litter.
So the medication may actually be good for longer than you think.
Certain meds should never be used beyond their expiration dates: oral nitroglycerin (for chest pain), insulin, inhalers and Epi Pens.