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Is It Ok To Take Expired Otc Medicines
I'm on Zoloft 25mg daily. Is it ok to take Xanax (alprazolam). 5mg and bonine 25mg at the same time? Will these three medicines interact (meds prescribed, bonine otc)
My milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) expired in 1/16 and I'm having bad constipation...is it ok to take one dose of it until I can get some new medicine in the morning?
Well: General over-the-counter medications that are expired are still effective for your two if not exposed to excess heat moisture or excess cold ...Read more
None: There is no good answer. The choice of medication is dependent upon cause, type, severity of pain. I personally do not feel it is a good idea to take otc pain meds except for minor problems such as menstrual cramps and common mild headaches. If you are requiring frequent otc pain meds, find out what is wrong. ...Read more
NSAIDs: Hi RubyM927, please see your doctor to confirm your chest pain is caused by costochondritis and not something more serious. In addition, make sure you do not have any contraindications to NSAIDs. Costochondritis is treated by reducing inflammation either by modifying activities that cause the inflammation and/or utilizing OTC NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen. ...Read more
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
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
No.: Expiration dates are established to drugs in order to "guarantee" the effectiveness of the same. Depending on the medicine, it can do nothing or it could work as an exception but there is no way that a doctor can okay the use of it. ...Read more
Rather then taking: Over the counter male enhancement/ performance pills - would encourage you to see an urologist to determine the cause for erectile difficulties. ...Read more
I take 40mg of pantoprazole one time each day. What OTC medicine can I take as effective alternative? What dosage of it should I take?
Treating Acid reflux: I always want to start with why you are not treating the underlying reason for your heart burn? Taking a medication daily just to suppress something that is abnormal seems good in a short period, but not good for long term. Do you know why you have heart burn? Do you know which foods cause this to be worse? Does your physician discuss this with you? ...Read more
No: Never take expired medicationsGet a more detailed answer ›
Expiration: Most drugs expiration date is a year. Some drugs less. There have been studies that looked at the efficacy of drugs post expiration and some were still effective as many as 20 years out. Best is to see your doc and see what's best for you. :) ...Read more
Yes: I presume you must be referring to dry, itchy skin that occurs in winter also called the winter itch. It is not an allergy but caused by drying of the skin due to evaporation of skin oils. This is due to the low humidity and use of dry indoor heat. The treatment is regular application of a good skin moisturizer daily after bath and also using a humidifier to reduce dryness. ...Read more
No.: Hormones generally do not need "balancing." There are about 20 major hormones and a host of others which are regulated very carefully by your body. They balance themselves. Is there some specific symptom or concern you have? ...Read more
Inaccurate: The expiration date is the last date at which the manufacturer considers the test to be accurate. After the expiration date you may get a measure that is not correct. ...Read more
Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM: Is safe to take.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) over the counter is Meclizine 25 mgm. It will cause drowsiness. The problem is you do not know why you have the vertigo, nor do you know if it is the result of inflammation in the inner ear or the brain. Although the dramamine (dimenhydrinate) will give you some relief of the vertigo, I urge you to get a diagnosis before treatment. ...Read more
I don't think so.: I don't think it's possible to take any substance and have it make you happy, at least happy in the way I define happiness. Smarter minds than mine have tackled this question. I can only tell you that becoming happy is not something you get and then keep. I also think there is a difference between feeling good and being happy. Lots of things make us feel good, the journey is what make us happy. ...Read more
Any advice? I have been having this uncontrollable sneezing and don't know which OTC medicine to take?
Depends: If you have nasal allergies, then an antihistamine such as zyrtec (take before bed) or Claritin can be helpful. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can really make you sleepy if you use it as an fyi. If you also have nasal congestion, nasacort (nasal steroid) is now otc but it works better after using it 2 sprays daily for at least 4 weeks. Nasal saline can also help. Good luck. ...Read more
What can I take for insomnia, I've tried all the OTC the drugs & they leave me with a hangover feeling the next morning...Help.
Meditation: In many popular articles there are helpful tips for falling asleep, such as always going to bed at the same time, turning off all lights and electronic devices, especially the tv, refraining from food and drink for a period of time before trying to sleep, and practicing some form of meditation, etc. However, insomnia may also be due to depression or some other medical problem. See your doctor fir. ...Read more
First day of humira (adalimumab) and still hurting can I take something for the pain. I am still in pain and I have swelling. Can I take an OTC drug to help?
Never take expired medicine. Get rid of it. Expired medications may be less potent and some actually breakdown and can cause side effects. Below is a site that directs you to places that take back expired medicines (many walgreens particpate)
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/EnsuringSafeUseofMedicine/SafeDisposalofMedicines/ucm186187.htm ...Read more
If I want my menstrual cycle to come sooner and I am ovulating, is there an otc drug I can take to force it to come? If so name the drug (s).
No: Sorry, there is no such thing. Good wishes. ...Read more
I was taking antivert (meclizine) for dizziness, but sine it is expensive my drug plan does not cover it, my pharmacist says to take bonine an otc. Is this ok?
They are the same: Bonine and Antivert are both meclizine. Check with the pharmacist to make sure the dose is the same. ...Read more
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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