A 60-year-old male asked:
very good afternoon doctors! is it safe to use drug store items after the expiration date? in particular, i'm asking about otc medications aspirin, toothpastes, mouthwash, deodorants, shampoos.
2 doctor answers
Dr. Kristen Dall-winther answered
16 years experience Family Medicine
Please discard: Please discard your expired products. Studies are only done to ensure safety and potency for the period of time guaranteed by the expiration date. After a product expires, we don’t know what it will do. Best to discard the expired product and replace it with something new. Good luck!
Answered on Jul 29, 2020
Dr. Heidi Fowler answered
24 years experience Psychiatry
Medications: Some products lose efficacy after expiration date. Using some products for a brief period after expiration may not be harmful. BUT there are other products that can become harmful after expired. In general, it is best to discard outdated medications.
Answered on Jul 31, 2020
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