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Is It Harmful Or Dangerous To Take Expired Medicine
Generally ok: 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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
What to do if I have a terrible cold and found this in my medicine cabinet, it expired in 2011. can it be harmful?
Depends on...: Whether an expired medication is safe or not depends on the medication, the patient, and how long it has been expired. Usually, people should not use expired medications. Occasionally, the medication chemistry changes with age and becomes harmful. ...Read more
Not usually: Any medication misused, and any medication for some people, can be dangerous. But in general the medications used for ocd are quite safe. For example the so-called ssri's, also used for depression and anxiety have been prescribed for many millions of people (some argue over-prescribed) with a very low frequency of serious side effects. ...Read more
My cholestrol was 260 i got it upto 220 in 2 months i don't want to take medicines what I should do.? Is it harmful to have 200 or i take medicine
It depends what: Your LDL and HDL cholesterol levels are. In general, it is bad if your LDL is high and HDL is low. If you have this pattern and you have a family history of cardiovascular disease, you would be a candidate for statin meds even at your age. Also depends on your other risk factors, such as diabetes, smoking, triglyeride level. It is a complex decision, so ask your doctor for advice. ...Read more
Less effective: Yes it expires, which means it is past its point of maximal potency. Please check for the expiration date on the sample package or the date of your prescription. For most medications, including Zoloft, the expiration date is the point at which either the medication has degraded 10% from the date of manufacturing or toxic chemicals have built up (Exp. Tetracycline -> kidney damage Fanconi's synd) ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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