Antibiotic residues never in the toilet

Antibiotic residues never in the toilet

Not in the toilet: dispose of antibiotics properly
18.11.2014

If patients have not used up all the antibiotics prescribed by the doctor and there are still residues, they must never be disposed of in the toilet. This can promote the development of resistance. Many pharmacists take the medication back.

Some pharmacists offer disposal to patients. Do not dispose of antibiotic residues in the toilet or sink, as this would expose the substances to the environment. And that can create resistance. Consumers can simply dispose of the medication in their household waste instead of sending it to the wastewater. Some pharmacies also offer to dispose of pharmaceutical residues, according to the Federal Association of German Pharmacists' Associations (ABDA), according to a message from the dpa news agency.

Take antibiotics only in accordance with a doctor's prescription. In addition, the ABDA advises you to take the antibiotics only in accordance with your doctor's prescription, and to follow the information on the duration and dosage exactly. Patients should not simply take leftover pills on their own at the next infection. It is also taboo to pass the medication on to other patients. Improper use of the medication and improper disposal can make antibiotic resistance an increasing danger. The Federal Ministry of Health also recently pointed out that it was used too often and often without foundation. It was said that around 500 to 600 tons of antibiotics were used in the outpatient area alone. (ad)

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