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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?

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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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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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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Took expired tylenol (acetaminophen) yesterday. Been having slight nausea, lower center belly ache and upset stomach. Going on for 24hrs now. Thoughts?

Took expired tylenol (acetaminophen) yesterday. Been having slight nausea, lower center belly ache and upset stomach. Going on for 24hrs now. Thoughts?

Bury the tylenol (acetaminophen): Kidding aside, what you are feeling is unlikely from the tylenol (acetaminophen). Think of other causes. Medicines beyond expiration dates most of the time don't have extra side effects but rather may have less of their desired effect. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give my son expired liquid Tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Is it safe to give my son expired liquid Tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Yes: It's safe in the sense that it won't hurt him but it may not be as effective since the medication potency cannot be guaranteed after the expiration date. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Is tylenol (acetaminophen) arthritis still safe / effective for pain if it expired 3 months ago?

Is tylenol (acetaminophen) arthritis still safe / effective for pain if it expired 3 months ago?

Yes.: Yes. Fda labeling requirements have a substantial buffer! the commercial products have a sell by notation as well. Rest easy! ...Read more

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What will happen if i eat expired Panadol?

NothingWillHappen: Nothing bad will happen.Only it may not be 100% as effective as non expired. ...Read more

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My daughter got her hands on Someone else's expired old yoghurt and after 24 hours threw up and then after 72 hours threw up and now has a temp. We have been giving hydralite and panadol and nurofern and it goes down but after it wears off the temp r?

My daughter got her hands on Someone else's expired old yoghurt and after 24 hours threw up and then after 72 hours threw up and now has a temp. We have been giving hydralite and panadol and nurofern and it goes down but after it wears off the temp r?

Age not specified...: ...but the circumstance you describe (regardless of your daughter's age) does not indicate that she is responding to home remedies. In fact, her persistent fever warrants concern, and it is recommended that she now seek urgent professional medical care. ...Read more

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Can i overdose on acetaminophen?

Can i overdose on acetaminophen?

Please do not.: If you are considering an overdose, please call 911 or your nearest emergency room. Do not harm yourself. You risk serious and irreversible damage to your body. ...Read more

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Can you get high on Acetaminophen?

No: tylenol (acetaminophen) by itself should not have that effect. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be harmful and even deadly if not taken appropriately though. ...Read more

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Can i take too much acetaminophen?

Yes: For a healthy individual, it is recommended to not use more than 3 grams in a 24 hour period. ...Read more

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