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taking vitamins after expiration date

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
It depends...: Expiration dates tend to be rather artificial & somewhat arbitrary. If a vitamin has an expiration date a year after manufacture it is not like the ne ... Read More

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: I would not take medication this far out of date. It may have lost its potency.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
You didn't tell us: How far past the expiration date. Don't recommend.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
No: Expiration dates are on medications and vitamins for a reason. Vitamins can lose their effectiveness.
A female asked:
Dr. Howard Shapiro
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Buy new bottle: They are not harmful, and may be OK, but the stability of the components is not guaranteed and may vary with the storage circumstances. The best advi ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience Integrative Medicine
Yes: Vitamins can react with air or light and do have expiration dates. That being said, they do not exactly go to the dark side one stroke after midnight ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
5 years: Most medications can be safely used for 5 years after expiration.\ companies want to make money. Exception: adrenalin, epipen (epinephrine).
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Sure: No problem
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Not likely: It is not like it is a self-destruct date, otherwise all of us would be gone, as that happens to everyone now and then. Just starts to lose effective ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
27 years experience Family Medicine
Maybe stop singulair (montelukast): It's very frustrating to have a sick kid, one with allergies or asthma, or any chronic illness. There are drawbacks from any medication, but one of th ... Read More
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