Leftover Medicine

Old Dec 15th, 2008, 08:58 AM
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Leftover Medicine

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Recently went to Africa and have leftover Malaria pills and a whole script of Cipro. Anywhere/anyhow you can donate these to someone who needs them? I'm sure the question has been posed before, but thought I'd try. Thank you. Merry Christmas and Hopeful traveling in the New Year
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Old Dec 15th, 2008, 11:28 AM
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If you are planning to go on another holiday where you might require Cipro or the Malaria pills ,then I would keep them.

They are good for three years ...so there is no rush to get rid of them.

By law the Pharmacy cannot take the pills back.

Cipro is used for :

1. Gastrointestinal infections

2. Respiratory infections Bronchitis , Pneumonia) and
3. Bladder infections

You may need them yourself before the next year is out !

I just called the Pharmacy and was told the pills are good for at least three years.


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Old Dec 15th, 2008, 11:42 AM
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Definitely hold onto the Cipro, as above, there are many uses for this pill.

Also, as no one knows what the future holds, and if like many others you might be heading back to Africa or other malaria areas (Asia, South America)... hold onto these also. If after three-years, you have no need, then you can dispose of. Unless you know the recipient and they you, it's not a good idea to exchange meds.
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Old Dec 15th, 2008, 01:46 PM
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I have a question - why would anyone have leftover Malaria meds? We are given a set prescription and a schedule to take them, even when we get back we usually have to take them for at least a couple of weeks.
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Old Dec 15th, 2008, 02:33 PM
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my question exactly, Veer.

And, if you have left over antibiotics, you are contributing to what may be the biggest medical problem facing us, namely anti biotic resistant bacteria. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, you are supposed to take the whole course of meds. If you don't, you risk not killing all the bugs off, and the ones the remain are resistant to the medication. MRSA, TB, and many others are now a problem.

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Old Dec 15th, 2008, 06:44 PM
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I think solsenz either took along too many Malaria pills...or

she decided that it was not really required after reaching her destination....or she may have developed side effects from the malaria pills and , again decided not to use the rest.


The left over Cipro , is a much easier answer.

She took Cipro with her as a precautionary measure.

Since she did not get sick, there was no need to take the Cipro.

Cipro is not taken in the same manner as Malaria pills are.

You HAVE to take the malaria pills in the high risk areas..so that you have a much reduce chance of ever getting a malaria infection.

With Cipro you do NOT have to take the Cipro toward off an infection.

You take it once you get the infection....there is no reason to take it prophylactically.

To solsenz ,I say ,keep the Cipro,there is no good reason to get rid of it ...unless your travelling days are all over ( which I doubt).........even then, keep it !
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Percy - I get what you're saying. Actually my original script for Cipro will be making its third trip (none used previously) to Africa in the spring. Its all still good.
But of course we will have to re-up on the Malaria meds. Since I am a mosquito magnet I have no problem with technocolor dreams as a side effect.
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Old Dec 16th, 2008, 02:54 PM
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VeeR

You and me both.

My Cipro has been on three trips with me also.

I am thankful when I do not have to use it.

Merry Christmas.
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Old Dec 22nd, 2008, 06:16 PM
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Thank you all. I will hold on to them! Yes, we did take the alloted malaria meds, but had some left over. Maybe better to have more than not enough was the thought the pharmacist had. Almost had to use the Cipro, but Immodium did the trick. Maybe Peru in the upcoming year, so we'll take what we need. Thank you and Merry Christmas to all and Happy travels throughout the year to come!
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Merry Christmas to you too solsenz
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a Happy New Year
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