We all store medicines at home, but how often do we check the expiry dates and have a clear out? Our survey results revealed that one third of us have a clear out less than once per year and 7% confessing to never doing this!*

Old medicines present a risk of being unsafe if taken passed their expiry date, that’s why we’ve put together this guide on disposal of medication.

Safe Disposal of Medication

1. Check Expiry Dates: 

Always check the expiry date on medicines; many medicines become ineffective when they pass their expiry date which can be a risk to health. They could also do harm if they are taken by someone they were not intended for.

2. Try to Clear Out Your Medicine Cabinet Every Six Months

It is advisable to check your medicine supplies at least every six months to ensure that you only store those that are in date and still needed, particularly if you take regular prescription or multiple medicines.

3. Don’t Throw Your Meds in the Bin, Down the Sink or Toilet 

Throwing medicines away incorrectly such as in the bin could lead to them being found by children or those that they are not intended for. Flushing meds down the loo or pouring them down the sink poses risks to the environment.

4. Take Old Or Unwanted Meds To Pharmacy

Medicines that are no longer needed, out of date or damaged should be taken to your local LloydsPharmacy for safe disposal

Disposal of Medication at Your Local LloydsPharmacy

You can bring in your old medicines to your local LloydsPharmacy for safe disposal so you don’t have to worry about a thing! Find your nearest LloydsPharmacy here.

Have you got any questions about the medication you’re on? Find out more about how our Medicines check up can help.

*Toluna survey of more than 400 respondents between 8th and 28th February, 2016