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Does Amoxicillin Expire
Yes: All drugs expire eventually. There should be an expiration date on your prescription. When in doubt, throw out anything greater than 1 year old. ...Read more
See below: Amoxicillin is an antibiotic that has activity against a number of gram positive and negative bacteria. Many of these bacteria are also resistant to Amoxicillin as it has been used for so long and on so many people. It is used to treat strep throat, susceptable enterococcal and e. Coli infections like uti's etc. All drugs have an expiration date on the bottle. ...Read more
Not a good idea: It may be still effective but it might be subpotent. I suggest my patients follow expiration dates carefully. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
D/W Pharmacist: In general, it is recommended that medications not be used after expiration date. With that said, there is a big difference between being expired for 5 days versus 5 years. Your pharmacist should be able to provide more information. ...Read more
NO: It is not advisable to take expired medications (some maybe poisonous) expired Amoxicillin may not take care of the infection and may hurt you by creating a more resistant bacteria. Please see your doctor for proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment ( antibiotic choice, dose, therapy duration).Take care of yourself. ...Read more
Yes: If it is pills. Pills stay potent for awhile (6 months to several years) after their expiration dates. One that expired in january 2013 is still good. ...Read more
My four month has amoxicillin, it expired the 19th can she take it today? Until I get more in the morning, she hasn't had any for two days now.
Please don't give: I would advise to not give it because it has expired. It might cause adverse reaction. Expired meds can cause adverse reactions. ...Read more
Hard to say: If you are self diagnosing an issue and the weakened med covers up the real problem, delaying proper diagnosis & treatment you could be setting stage for a big problem. ...Read more
See your doc:
If you believe that you need amoxicillin for a new illness, I would recommend you see your physician to evaluate you again. Not every infection is bacterial (some are viral) and different bacterial infections require different antibiotics. Plus your amoxicillin could have become less effective since it a year old expired. But you need to see your doc for your new illness/medical issue. ...Read more
Amoxicillen: one dose of expired amoxicillen willnot harm your daughter ...Read more
Danger - no: It's not dangerous in that it is going to hurt you in any way. However, two questions to think about: why did you have some left over - you should finish what you are prescribed every time to avoid bacterial resistance. Number two: why are you taking expired antibiotics? If you have a new illness that you think needs medicine, you should gt an appropriate dose for an appropriate period of time. ...Read more
I take 500 mg amoxicillin capsule before the dentist and i just noticed they expired 5/13/15. Its a full bottle. Would they be okay to take this july?
Yes: This should be perfectly OK. The expiration date listed is about 6 mos early. ...Read more
I took 2 nitetime equate cold and flu gel capsules with 2 500mg amoxicillin that i believe were expired 20 minutes later i felt really stoned & weird?
Can I still take pill form amoxicillin and clavulanate that expired 9/15 for swollen lymph nodes?
Not such a good idea: Given that they expired over 1 1/2 years ago, I would not take them as they are partly organic molecules which can start disintegrating after their expiry date. ...Read more
Told by a doctor antibiotics in the fridge last for 1 year. I took 1 dose of 1 yr old expired amoxicillin liquid and then was told by a pharmacist that the Dr was wrong. I have thrown the rest of the amoxicillin out, but I am concerned. Will I be ok?
Hurt = no: Once water is added. the liquid forms of antibiotics retain potency for 10-14 days in the fridge. After that point they deteriorate to basic proteins & debris. It would have no real potency after a year but the effect on you would be no worse than a bit of sour milk. ...Read more
My son's amoxicillin expired just 5 days ago...Still ok to give to him for current ear ache? Original prescription was for earache/infection three weeks ago
Better re-visit his: Pediatrician. If infection is present, give all of the new prescription as directed. None should be left in the bottle at the end if treatment. A middle ear infection is like an abscess. If the eustachian tube's opening into the nasopharynx remains swollen, fluid cannot drain. The fluid may not still be infected, but it can still cause pain. ...Read more
I've had a bacterial infection in my throat since monday, and i only have some amoxicillin that expired last march (2012). Is it ok to take it?
No: You should never use expired medicine. And I am not sure you should be treating yourself. Why dont you give that burden to your doctor? He or she will gladly help. :). ...Read more
Should i go to the doctor or hospital if im still having a rash from taking an expired amoxicillin from the night before? Last night i took an expired amoxicillin and had a rash and was itching all over my face and arms i took a benedryl and woke this mor
Well first don't ' take any more penicillin type drugs and be sure your doctor knows you have a likely drug allergy. If you aren't having any wheezing or lung symptoms and you are feeling ok except for a little itching , then Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg every 6 hours will make you comfortable and by tomorrow you should be fine. If you have swelling of the throat, wheezing, worsening rash or chest pain etc you should see a doctor asap. Most severe penicillin allergies happen very quickly after you take them though so i bet you'll be fine.
Good plan with old unused drugs is toss them away when you haven't used them up. Mix them in cat litter or coffee grounds and toss in the garbage rather than flush them down the toilet. ...Read more
Need more info: I'm not sure if you mean "how long do the pills stay potent?" or "how long after you take them will they still cure something?" antibiotic pills can remain potent for a couple of years after their expiration date. Amoxicillin stays in the bloodstream at effective levels for less than a day after the last dose. It is a short acting antibiotic, and is usually dosed 2-3 times a day for that reason. ...Read more