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can eye drops be used after their expiration date

A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hussain Elhalis
10 years experience Ophthalmology
Not legally no: Expiration dates are on there for many reasons and most reasons are not necessarily for patient safety. Have patients used expired drops... Yes. Do mo ... Read More

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harold Peltan
27 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: March of 2016 has not yet arrived, so the drops are not expired. When eye drops are past their expiration date, they are no longer guaranteed to achie ... Read More
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Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Probably OK but no: Would not use it. It may will be OK but safest to not use it and get new refill.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones answered
44 years experience Family Medicine
No: No
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Michel
45 years experience Family Medicine
Possibly: If the expiration date is somewhere is the last year probably. Why are using them again? If you are using them again with out having seen the doctor , ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
44 years experience Preventive Medicine
Yes: The dates on products such as eye drops are usually very conservative. The biggest issue in using longer is that bacterial growth can start on the app ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Seagraves
16 years experience Pharmacology
No: No, it could be less effective and therefore increase the risk of resistance.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brad Goldenberg
35 years experience Pediatrics
No harm. Don't use: Carmicide is made from cardamom, a part if natural cinnamon. Not because of the drug, but beachside this is a three month-old child, you really should ... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Fishburn
29 years experience Ophthalmology
To be used cautiousl: Lotemax (loteprednol) and fml are not routine treaents for dry eye syndrome except in severe cases of keratoconjunctivitis sicca. When used,careful mo ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Karen Butler
20 years experience Family Medicine
No: No medication should be used after the expiration date. Please see doctor for new prescription
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Saunders
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes, wait 10 min.: Yes, 2 different eye drops can be used around the same time, but wait at least 10 minutes between one dose and the next. Also, if your eye is no bett ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Goren
31 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends: On what the drops are. But in general i would say you should probably replace them.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shahid Rafique
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: There is no known contraindications using these eye drops/gel during pregnancy.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Glassman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Probiotic Expiration: Most supplements and meds have an expiration because they can gradually loose their potency. This is especially true for probiotics, which are actuall ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Alan Steinbach
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not quite so simple: unlike an oral dose of medication, putting more ear drops in probably won't change the dosage. On the other hand, it won't hurt, either, so no reason ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
If sealed it is OK: There is nothing in Refresh plus that would decay unless stored in excessive heat. As long as the bottle/ container is undisturbed and the solution w ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Hector
8 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: But you may need something "stronger", plain moisture drops may work as well, if you do not feel better with 24 hours, seek medical evaluation.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
In general: Wouldn't recommend taking expired medications. Are they expired by 10 days or 10 years???
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carrie Cannon
32 years experience Family Medicine
No limit to tears: Artificial tears can be used exactly as stated, as needed, as often as that is.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience Ophthalmology
It's on the bottle: All drugs are stamped with an expiration date.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Josa
38 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Yes and yes. As always caution if pregnant.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Suzanne Galli
23 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Discontinue use: If you develop any symptoms, have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist.
A 7-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes, I'm sure: its still safe to use.

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