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Can I use expired ex-lax ultra pills or get new ones?

Probably safe.: Expiration dates for oral meds are usually very conservative and have to do with marketing, product cycling and regulatory issues than potency. As long as they were stored under reasonable conditions should be good for many months beyond expiration. ...Read more

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Would it be safe to take expired seasonique pills from 2010. Just for a week or so till i can refill. ?

Would it be safe to take  expired seasonique pills from 2010. Just for a week or so till i can refill. ?

No good answer!: While i'm sure that the drug companies have a margin built in around expiration dates, i'm not sure i'd chance it - particularly with an expiration date of 2010. Have you asked your pharmacist or called the 1-800 number associted with your pill? Good luck. Lgromko md. ...Read more

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I have Watson 349 pills that expired in 2013. Will it be okay if I take them or will it hurt me? My back is in severe pain and I'm no longer prescribed them.

I have Watson 349 pills that expired in 2013. Will it be okay if I take them or will it hurt me? My back is in severe pain and I'm no longer prescribed them.

Should be OK but...: That is hydrocodone 5 mg with acetaminophen. It may not be quite as strong since it is old, but it should not hurt you. You should see your Dr. for a new prescription, but should also be evaluated for the cause. If possible see a Dr. who specializes in osteopathic manipulation- see physician.academyofosteopathy.org Physical therapy, acupuncture & Frequency Specific Microcurrent can all help you. ...Read more

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What will happen if you take expired oxycone pills or acetamionphen?

What will happen if you take expired oxycone pills or acetamionphen?

Depends.: There are three factors to consider, i.e., light, humidity, and heat. Any one of the three will cause a medication to loose its effectiveness regardless of expiration date. However, most medications are packed so the first two are seldom the problem. Heat is the problem to be avoided, such as putting them in the glove compartment of your car during the summer. If the three factors are avoided, ...Read more

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Can I take expired allergy pill. It expired sept 2011?

Can I take expired allergy pill. It expired sept 2011?

Not unsafe...: But probably less efficacious. If you still want to take it, it will likely not harm you but may not work as well as an unexpired dose. ...Read more

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Can I take my expired amoxicillin pills from 2 years ago?

Can I take my expired amoxicillin pills from 2 years ago?

You shouldn't.: The old Amoxicillin will not hurt you, but is probably too old to be as effective as it should be. ...Read more

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What will happen if I took an expired store brand allergy pill?

What will happen if I took an expired store brand allergy pill?

Probably nothing: It's not good to take expired medicines, as they may have lost some potency and might not work as well. In most cases though, they are not likely to be harmful to you. For allergy pills, there should be no harm, but they might not work. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my allergy pills are expired , what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my allergy pills are expired , what do you suggest?

New prescription: Medication that has past the expiration date should be replaced. It's unlikely that antihistamines that are beyond expiration date are harmful, but the drug company cannot guarantee the potency. The longer the medication is past the expiration date, the more likely that it has lost some potency. ...Read more