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Do birth control pills expire

A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Ashley
14 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Yes: All medications expire- ocps, like other meds, do not immediately become inactive on the expiry date, but effectiveness and safety diminish over time, ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Expiry date printed: It depends on the date of manufacturing and each pack has an expiry date printed on it, so look at the date printed on the pack.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Vanko
33 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ocp expirations: Hotrmones are very stable but pills can degrade. Use in date meds, please.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes as long as: They don't expire midway through. That would not be appropriate. If so get a new rx.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: The pills still work fine. If you are concerned asked your doctor to refill and you can pick up non expired pills.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
23 years experience Family Medicine
Possibly not: Although some medication maybe used after the expiration date, oral contraceptives may not be as effective. Get a new prescription. In the interim u ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
No worries: Pills are dry, compressed powders, and do not deteriorate in the time of merely a month or two or three. That means pills should have the same effect ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Contact MD: You need to contact the MD who gave you the pills. so that his/her advice is provided. In general, most recently expired medications are still very ef ... Read More
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Dr. Laura McMullen
20 years experience Pediatrics
Most : Most medications have an expiration date and it is always safest to check it before you use the medication. The other thing to keep in mind about bir ... Read More
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