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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
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
Bipolar: Untreated bipolar disorder can be very disruptive to your life. You can spend money you do not have, get involved in dangerous activities, can be suicidally depressed, psychotic, and can harm your relationships at work and at home. Episodes can be unpredictable. This is why it's dangerous not to take mood stabilizing medicines for bipolar disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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