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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

Dr. Alvin Stein
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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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