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Is it safe to use out of date herbal supplements

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Probably, but: The fda does not require an expiration date on supplements. It probably isn't dangerous to take a supplement past its expiration date, but it may have... Read More
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Out of date: Depends upon the supplement, content, environmental conditions, and length of factory shelf life. Obviously better to use non out of date ones.

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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary David
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: The herbal supplements for anxiety are no more or less safe with a Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD than without and do not effect the effectiveness of the... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
St. John's Wort: There is no significant data to prove the effectiveness of this substance in any known medical conditions or to produce energy or changes in immunity.... Read More
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
No way to know . . .: Unfortunately, in the States, dietary supplements such as herbal supplements etc are not regulated by 3rd party. So there's no guarantee of quality, m... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Varies: If depends on the supplement, the amount used, the person's health and what it is used for. Too general a question to provide a yes or no definitive r... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Need more info: Happy to address your concerns about safety taking "these" herbal supplements but you didn't tell us to which ones you are referring. Please elaborat... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Matos
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
NO: If you already know the cause of your infection is diphtheria. You are already seeing a doctor. This can be a serious infection. You may need very st... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyani Perumal
Nephrology and Dialysis 29 years experience
Check with md: One must be cautious about using natural medicine for any disease. Some may cause liver and kidney disease if used long term. It is best to check wit... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
St. John's wort: I would not recommend it, especially if the antidepressant boosts Serotonin, such as SSRI or SNRI.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
What conditions?: First off, it'd be nice to know what conditions you are referring to. That way i can tell you if those are treated by herbals or not.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Cullen
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Yes: You may find that increasing your intake of vitamin d 2000-5000 units daily and omega 3 fish oils 1200-2400 mg daily you may not even need prozac. Pro... Read More

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