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can you take expired amoxicillin

A male asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
25 years experience Pediatrics
Expired medications: Medications that are passed their expiration dates can be less effective, or contaminated. Some medications could even decompose into products that c ... Read More
Dr. Susan Rhoads
38 years experience Family Medicine
Less potent: It may have lost some of its potency, but may have some effect. Check with your doctor before taking it and see if your symptoms appear to be those t ... Read More
Dr. Roy Arnold
47 years experience Internal Medicine
Not a good idea: It may be still effective but it might be subpotent. I suggest my patients follow expiration dates carefully. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Grace Akoh-Arrey
16 years experience Pharmacology
NO: It is not advisable to take expired medications (some maybe poisonous) expired Amoxicillin may not take care of the infection and may hurt you by cre ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francine Greco
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
You shouldn't.: The old Amoxicillin will not hurt you, but is probably too old to be as effective as it should be.
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: If it is pills. Pills stay potent for awhile (6 months to several years) after their expiration dates. One that expired in january 2013 is still good.
A female asked:
Dr. Nasir Malik
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Please don't give: I would advise to not give it because it has expired. It might cause adverse reaction. Expired meds can cause adverse reactions.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hanford Brace
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Yes and no: All drugs must have an expiry date on them. That means the maker knows the drug will deliver the dose stated on the package. After that date the dos ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kashif Abdullah
12 years experience Internal Medicine
See your doc: Hello If you believe that you need amoxicillin for a new illness, I would recommend you see your physician to evaluate you again. Not every infection ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
36 years experience Pediatrics
Danger - no: It's not dangerous in that it is going to hurt you in any way. However, two questions to think about: why did you have some left over - you should fin ... Read More
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Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: This should be perfectly OK. The expiration date listed is about 6 mos early.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Qusai Bharmal
19 years experience Geriatric Psychiatry
Not such a good idea: Given that they expired over 1 1/2 years ago, I would not take them as they are partly organic molecules which can start disintegrating after their ex ... Read More

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