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My hydrocondon acetaminophen 10-325 expired about 3 months ago can I still take one?

My hydrocondon acetaminophen 10-325 expired about 3 months ago can I still take one?

Doubtful: i would t recommend it. See your doctor for perhaps a refill on it if you are taking it for a regular problem ...Read more

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What would happen if I took an expired hydrocodone-acetaminophen?

What would happen if I took an expired hydrocodone-acetaminophen?

Not much: Any medication that has expired may not be as effective as it should be therefore not having desired effect. ...Read more

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Can expired tylenol (acetaminophen) pm hurt?

Can expired tylenol (acetaminophen) pm hurt?

Are you talking 2: Days past the expiration date or 2 years? Sorry, you haven't provided us with any parameters here. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is children's tylenol (acetaminophen) just as effective if it's expired by 1 year?

Can you tell me is children's tylenol (acetaminophen) just as effective if it's expired by 1 year?

Expiration Dates: Expiration dates are placed on medications because after this date they slowly become less and less effective. You should throw away any expired medications because not only do you take the chance it won't work but it is unknown how the ingredients may change over an extended time and we don't know what effect it will have on the person taking the medication, . ...Read more

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I have some acetaminophen-cod that expired in 2010. Is it still effective or should I just pitch it?

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 Many communities have programs for proper disposal of outdated drugs.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

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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?

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

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2 years expired acetaminophen w codeine elixir. Safe?

Not recommended: Any time you take expired medication, you run the risk of taking a medication that may have a different chemical makeup then was originally intended. I would recommend you dont use any medication beyond its expiration, especially not two years past. ...Read more

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Have some hydrocondon acetaminophen 10-325 it expired about 3 months ago. Can I take one for my back pain that has come on?

Have some hydrocondon acetaminophen 10-325 it expired about 3 months ago. Can I take one for my back pain that has come on?

Not a: good idea. The medication may still be potent. The use of opiods outside as prescribed is illegal and could lead to a slippery slope. Find some NSAID ...Read more

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I been takn generic tylenol (acetaminophen) for last few months & just now seen that they expired july of 2009! am i in any kind of risk or danger? My kidneys ok?

I been takn generic tylenol (acetaminophen) for last few months & just now seen that they expired july of 2009! am i in any kind of risk or danger? My kidneys ok?

Usually, no problem: Most of the medications continue to work for several years after their expiration date. According to one study, they may work for as long as 5-10 years from their expiration date, if they have been properly stored. Vitamins may loose their potency, if exposed to heat or sunlight. Thanks. ...Read more

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