Disposal of medicinal products

You must not use your medicinal product after the expiry date indicated on the outer carton and the container/blister. The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.

Please do not dispose of medicines in waste water or household waste.

Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of the medicine if you no longer use it. This will help to protect the environment.

  • Disposal of transdermal patches

Proper disposal of transdermal patches is particularly important as large amounts of the active ingredient may still be present in the patch after use. It may have serious consequences up to and including death if people, especially children, come into contact with patches that have not been disposed of properly. For this reason, the used patches should always be folded with the sticky sides facing inwards and should be disposed of carefully and inaccessibly for children and pets.

Negligent disposal of Fentanyl patches can lead to accidents, sometimes even fatalities. If children affix improperly disposed of patches if they chew on them, respiratory arrest may occur. Even transdermal patches with other active ingredients such as nicotine or hormones can cause serious side effects. To protect others and the environment, transdermal patches should be stored and disposed of carefully.

For proper disposal, please note the following:

  • Dispose of unused patches preferably after consulting your pharmacist.
  • If not stated otherwise in the package leaflet, dispose of used patches with household waste and inaccessibly to children or pets.
  • Hormone patches should be disposed of at designated collection points in your local recycling centre, as they can otherwise be a burden on the environment.

If you have any further questions, please contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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