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Is it okay to take expired antibiotics

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Expiration: In general, recommend against use of expired medications.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marvin Ott
Emergency Medicine 21 years experience
Usually: Although they usually won't harm you, expired antibiotics are likely to be less effective than before their expiration date. If you have something you... Read More
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Expired medications: Taking expired medications whether they are antibiotics or anything else can be harmful and should never be consumed.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
It's less effective: It won't hurt you, but I wouldn't take it for a serious infection. It's probably about 80% as strong as it was in 2015.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Coleman
General Practice 26 years experience
Probably: Probably, but as an expert I have to say do not take expired medication.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: Make sure your stomach is not empty to avoid irritation or even ulcer.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
TMP/SMX: Solpadeine ha, a combo of actaminophen and caffeine; solpadeine plus or solpadeine max, containing Acetaminophen and Codeine with caffeine and solpade... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
51 years experience
Why: Take only if you need to for the control of an infection or as determined by the american heart association. If you do not need them - then do not ta... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leila Wing
Dr. Leila Winganswered
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Likely yes: Antibiotics and steroids can be given together without much interaction. If you are concerned, talk with your doctor of pharmacist, but typically the... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
Depends.: Some antibiotics (e.g. Doxycycline, levofloxacin) are potentially teratogenic so you should avoid them while trying to conceive - however most antibio... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: You should incorporate taking any such med into whatever part of your daily routine will help you not forget it. The once a day meds can be taken at a... Read More