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Doctor insights on: Expired Hydrocodone

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Do you think it could be safe to take recently expired hydrocodone syrup?

Probably: The expiration date means that you still have 95% potency. But the decay curve after that is unpredictable. A few days probably doesn't matte;, a few months and i say no go. ...Read more

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Hydrocodone (Definition)

Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeinone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from two naturally occurring opiates: Codeine or thebaine. It is an orally active narcotic analgesic and antitussive. It is available in tablet, capsule, and syrup form. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain or as an antitussive to treat cough. Hydrocodone affects pain by ...Read more


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Is expired hydrocodone apap syrup safe?

Expired meds: Expired meds, including hydrocodone, still have potency, but perhaps not as much as the fresh medication. There is no danger in taking them, with rare exceptions. ...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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Is it okay to take expired hydrocodone-ibuprofen?

Is it okay to take expired hydrocodone-ibuprofen?

Not recommended: This would not be recommended as there would be a decrease in effectiveness. ...Read more

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Is it a problem to take hydrocodone that is 3 years expired?

Is it a problem to take hydrocodone that is 3 years expired?

Unreliable potency: The primary problem of expired meds is their unreliable level of potency. It is unlikely that it would be excessively strong if in pill form, though i've seen that problem in liquids. It would be prudent to ask your pcp for an update if needed & drop the expired med by a pharmacy where they can dispose of it safely (& thru state & fed regs). ...Read more

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Could hydrocodone cough syrup expire?

Could hydrocodone cough syrup expire?

Yes....: This is a prescription medicine and will have a pharmacy label on it. On the pharmacy label, it will have the expiration date. It is usually around 1 year from the date it was prescribed. If your medicine has expired, and you have continued symptoms, see your doctor for a new prescription. ...Read more

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Does hydrocodone cough syrup expire if you keep it in the fridge?

Does hydrocodone cough syrup expire if you keep it in the fridge?

Yes: I would assume that it expires after the expiration date just to be safe. Keeping it cold may prolong the activity but i would err on the side of safety. Once it expires it doesn't help much anyway. Get some new medication. ...Read more

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Vicoprofen (hydrocodone and ibuprofen) has been expired since 04 i just had dental surgery could i take it?

Vicoprofen (hydrocodone and ibuprofen) has been expired since 04 i just had dental surgery could i take it?

Yes, but why?: If the medication is expired, it will not be as effective and isn't a good idea. If you are having pain from surgery, i would suggest you contact your doctor so you may obtain a current prescription. Keep smiling. ...Read more

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Is it OK to take sam-e with hydrocodone?

Is it OK to take sam-e with hydrocodone?

No interaction: to my knowledge there is no interaction between these two-reference Epocrates ...Read more

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Hydrocodone make me mess up?

Yes: Any controlled substance, in this case a narcotic, also known as an opiate or more simply a pain med can become addictive and cause you to develop a tolerance and when not available cause a withdrawal. The best thing to do is only use pain meds when you have pain and try to use the least amount and pain meds that do not have narcotics, if possible. ...Read more