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How To Dispose Of Expired Medication
Not effective: Medications start losing effectiveness once they expire. It is just like food which starys to degrade or spoil after the expiration date. It is a good idea only to take meds before the expiration date. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
No -- toss it: No -- you should not take expired medication. After that date, the pills or capsules could be deteriorating. Discard in the trash or in a medicine take-back program -- not in the toilet. All of us who use the water supply will thank you for helping to keep it clean. ...Read more
Recently, news reported that medications in tablet form technically don't 'expire' on date & can be used yrs later with potency still at 90-95%. True?
Medications: Yes. In general. But, that answer cannot cover every single medication known or produced. ...Read more
Effects can vary: With rare exceptions (tetracycline, nitoglycerine and Insulin for example) most medications are generally safe upto 15 years after the expiration date. This was demonstrated by a study done by government on medications stored by the military. The date is required by the FDA to certify that a medication is fully potent. When in doubt avoid taking the medication ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Read the label: There is considerable debate about the accuracy of label expiration dates. However, as a general rule, it is best to adhere to what the label states is the expiration date. This is especially true of liquid medication. ...Read more
I have medications which have been kept for many years and the packaging has turned yellow but they havent expired. Can I still take them or discard?
Discard them: i would recommend you get rid of them responsibly. Your pharmacy could tell if they're safe or not, if you want a specialist expert opinion, & they can properly dispose of it too. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Is it safe to take medication that has expired? My bottle of zegerid says "do not take after ...." it's past the date, but the bottle is still sealed.
Better not to: It is better not to take expired medication- especially if you are talking about antibiotics- as it may not be effective anymore. Call your doctor and have a new one sent to pharmacy for you. ...Read more
How long? Which?: Most expiration dates are about half of the actual time that the compounds remain active, but this may not guarantee their activity. Side-effects of the products of these compounds as they deteriorate vary with the compound, but very few if any have serious toxicities. Best to throw them out if they have expired. Better than taking a chance they are inactive or toxic. ...Read more
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