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What should I do with leftover prescription medication?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Some people try to save money by keeping medication for possible future use, but this is a sure-fire way to get older. Once you have used a drug for its intended purpose (and in the manner prescribed), throw the rest away. Pills can change their composition over time. Also, by getting rid of extra bottles, you reduce the risk that you or others will take the wrong pill accidentally.

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