What Should You Do if Your Medication Is Recalled?

Drug recalls aren’t as common as consumer products or vehicles, but they’re deadly serious. If your medication is part of a recall, it’s important not to panic. Here’s what you should do.

Medications are recalled for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Incorrect label
  • Manufacturing error
  • Contamination
  • Previously unknown health hazard

For example, the depression medication Aurobindo was recalled earlier this year because the dosage was incorrectly labeled. The pills were actually twice as strong as the label indicated.

If the recalled medication is something you purchased over the counter, you should stop taking it immediately. Talk to your doctor or pharmacists about a safe alternative. Earlier this year, the heartburn medication Zantac was recalled due to contamination, and consumers were encouraged to take alternate OTC products instead.

If your prescription medication is recalled, then you should talk to your doctor immediately. Don’t continue taking the medication even if you have a full bottle left. After talking to your doctor, dispose of the medicine safely according to FDA guidelines. Don’t just flush it down the toilet or throw it in the trash!