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Does Acetaminophen Expire
I have some acetaminophen-cod that expired in 2010. Is it still effective or should I just pitch it?
Pitch it: Some drugs become less effective with time. Others can degrade into harmful substances. It is best not to use any medication that is more then 1-2 months past its expiration date. Many communities have programs for proper disposal of outdated drugs. Please check with your town-hall. Do not flush them or put in regular garbage. ...Read more
Have some hydrocondon acetaminophen 10-325 it expired about 3 months ago. Can I take one for my back pain that has come on?
I gave my 3 year old expired acetaminophen. It was a brand new bottle ...but it is expired by 18 months. Should I be worried?
No worries: The purpose of expiration dates are to limit the period for which the manufacturer is responsible for quality and effectiveness. There is no evidence that using medicine past the expiration is harmful. ...Read more
It depends: This is an important question. Too much Acetaminophen is dangerous. According to epocrates, a drug information program, most healthy adults can get up to about 1, 000 mg in 4 hrs, and 4, 000 mg (4 grams) per day safely. Children should get less, based on their age or weight. Read labels carefully, and ask your doctor or nurse if unsure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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