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Does Acetaminophen Expire
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
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 Many communities have programs for proper disposal of outdated drugs.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
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
Does an expiration date on the bottle really mean it's expired? I have Tylenol (acetaminophen) PM and it says it expired in 2005, is it still safe to take? Will it st
Expiration: A few months of expiration is likely OK, but a decade no way! ...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 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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