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Is it harmful or dangerous to take expired medicine?

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 more

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Is it dangerous to take expired liquid amoxicillin?

Is it dangerous to take expired liquid amoxicillin?

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

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Is marjuana dangerous? Is it safe to use as medication instead of taking the prescribed medicins. Does it make a person violent?

Is marjuana dangerous? Is it safe to use as medication instead of taking the prescribed medicins. Does it make a person violent?

Cannabis: Not normally associated with violence. Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic ,delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take expired Advil (ibuprofen)? I heard that the medication becomes less effective.

Is it safe to take expired Advil (ibuprofen)? I heard that the medication becomes less effective.

Expired medications: Medications that are passed their expiration dates can be less effective, or contaminated. Some medications could even decompose into products that can be harmful. It isn't worth the risk to take expired medications, so regularly clear out your medicine cabinet and replace with fresh medications. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take expired breathing machine medicine?

Is it safe to take expired breathing machine medicine?

Safe not effective: Its probably safe, but not effective to take dated medication and we never advise it. Have your doctor renew it. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take expired valtrex (valacyclovir)? Can it be poisonous or toxic? Can it be less effective?

Is it okay to take expired valtrex (valacyclovir)? Can it be poisonous or toxic? Can it be less effective?

When did it expire?: * years. Wouldn't take it. One year..I would. Was it in a bottle in a shelf, or sitting out exposed to light. Wouldn't take it sitting out for some time. Most medicines not requiring refrigeration after opening the bottle have a two year "safe" time, assuming no high heat or water! ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to take cholesterol medicine?

Is it dangerous to take cholesterol medicine?

Cholesterol meds: Cholesterol medicines are safe to take and well tolerated. They do require monitoring for potential side affects however. Periodic lab test are needed. Any muscle pain or weakness needs medical attention. ...Read more

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I take vyvnase 70mg and is it safe to drink alcohol??? or is it not safe???

I take vyvnase 70mg and is it safe to drink alcohol??? or is it not safe???

Within reason: Hi. Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) has the potential for dependence and abuse. I assume you're using it for a valid purpose under the direction of your doctor. Alcohol of course also has the potential for dependence and abuse. One being a stimulant and the other being a depressant, they are safe together as long as not done in excess. I suggest you not drive at all. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it harmful to take hydrocodone-hyomatropine syrup while using lisinopril?

Is it harmful to take hydrocodone-hyomatropine syrup while using lisinopril?

Most likely NOT: Review of these medications reveals no significant drug to drug interaction. Hydrocodone is a schedule iii narcotic and is used to suppress cough. Homatropine is used to dry up secretions that may cause cough due to copious mucous. Lisinopril is an blood pressure medication. They work in different ways. Drowsiness and dry mouth with constipation may be the main side effects. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drive after taking medicine that contains hydrocodone?

Is it safe to drive after taking medicine that contains hydrocodone?

No: I tell my patients to "not drive or operate heavy machinery" after taking any sedating medications. Many people have gotten duis with no alcohol in the system if they are visibly impaired from even prescribed medications. ...Read more

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Is it safe to mix medicines?

Not Always: Hopefully your physcian should know all the medicines you are taking. Ask them and/or your pharmacist. If not, sites like www.Pdr.Net can give you some information. You do not need to log in. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to take methotrexate?

Is it harmful to take methotrexate?

Yes, if no indicatio: It will be harmful if no indication to take. However, if there is a strong indication- it is something that is tolerable. Just like any other medication, there will be some possible adverse events- and this is something that you have to discuss with your doctor- to weigh the benefit and the risk and make a decision. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to use expired samples of lac-hydrin?

Expiration: In general, recommend against use of expired medications. ...Read more

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If my meloxicam expired is it safe to use?

If my meloxicam expired is it safe to use?

Maybe: How long ago did it expire? Within the last year, it should be fine. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to take anti-histamines for too long?

Is it dangerous to take anti-histamines for too long?

No: Antihistamines are safer medications, especially the newer ones, you can take it as long as needed. Generally they are safe. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take expired ADHD meds?

Is it safe to take expired ADHD meds?

No: Medication decays slowly over time and the expiration date is there to protect you. Risks of taking an expired medication doesn't outweigh the benefits. If you are thinking about restarting your medication program visit your MD to review your options. Medicine can be helpful if used correctly - don't take risks please. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take medications containing codeine while pregnant?

Is it safe to take medications containing codeine while pregnant?

Safe in pregnancy ?: This medication is considered relatively safe in pregnancy (category c). This level means some animal studies suggest fetal risk but no human studies have to date. Avoidance in late pregnancy is advised as the child born after exposure may have respiratory depression ...Read more

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