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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to drink mom's codeine cough syrup that expires in 2008?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
No...: First, only mom should be taking her prescription cough medicine. If you have a cough, you need to be evaluated by your doctor as you may not have the same diagnosis as your mom. Secondly, if the medicine has expired, it should be thrown away. Expiration dates are there for a reason and you do not want to risk your health by consuming expired meds.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it still safe to take expired cough syrup?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Malinda Linn
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Sometimes: Expiration dates are typically meant to be used as a guideline for how long the ingredients are considered "shelf-stable." you can often safely use things that have expired for about 6 months past their date but if you are unsure you should ask your physician or your pharmacist.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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