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Is out-of-date Valium safe to take? It is from 2006

Is out-of-date Valium safe to take? It is from 2006

Toss those babies.: Don't flush them down the toilet. We don't need stoned fish in our oceans (oxymetazoline). Definitely don't take these. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 7 months out-of-date exlax chocolate?

Absolutely: The active agent in ex-lax will not be degraded or changed by properly stored ex-lax. It will have the effect you want and will do no harm. ...Read more

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What happens if you take medication that is out-of-date?

That depends.: It depends on what the medication is & how out-of-date it is. Some medications may be fine to take out-of-date for a period. Some may lose efficacy if past expiration. Some medications may deteriorate & may not be safe to take. Please ask your pharmacist about specifics. Take care. ...Read more

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Can I take omeprazol if they are out-of-date.

Can I take omeprazol if they are out-of-date.

Manufacturer: Call the manufacturer on the bottle or the maker of the pills. Generally the pills can be safely taken but have less potency however check with their manufacturer for accuracy. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use out-of-date herbal supplements?

Is it safe to use out-of-date herbal supplements?

Probably, but: The fda does not require an expiration date on supplements. It probably isn't dangerous to take a supplement past its expiration date, but it may have lost its potency. Whether it's less potent depends on the herb and how you stored the container. Keeping the supplement in a sealed container and putting it in a dark place may help extend its shelf life. ...Read more

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I ate out-of-date food, and now feeling sick. Is out-of-date food dangerous, or just my imagination?

I ate out-of-date food, and now feeling sick.  Is out-of-date food dangerous, or just my imagination?

Maybe: Unfortunately, you probablyare ill from eating bad food. It can cause stomach indigestion, bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. If it has a serious bacterium you may have more severe symptoms and may need to see your physician. Unfortunately, you need to let it pass on its own. The lesson is don't eat expired food, food that has been sitting out overnight, made in unsanitary places. ...Read more

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I can't find a dentist in atlanta, ga that accepts medicaid. The directory medicaid hands out is out-of-date. Please help!

I can't find a dentist in atlanta, ga that accepts medicaid. The directory medicaid hands out is out-of-date. Please help!

There are several : I would suggest your first call be to the georgia state dental society, they would have the resources to help you find a dentist in the atlanta area who accepts medicaid. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of an unexplained and extremely itchy skin rash? I have tried bathing in lukewarm water and oats, benadryl, and using triamincolone cream, although the cream is left over from an old case of poison ivy and is out-of-date (i have not spent

How do I get rid of an unexplained and extremely itchy skin rash? I have tried bathing in lukewarm water and oats, benadryl, and using triamincolone cream, although the cream is left over from an old case of poison ivy and is out-of-date (i have not spent

This : This is a bit tricky to answer without a picture and more clinical information. I doubt it was from the blood draw. This time of year it could be many things including a medication reaction, eczema, a viral exanthem, psoriasis, dry skin from low humidity, and many others. Perhaps a visit to a dermatologist would be helpful for diagnosis and treatment options. I hope that helps a little! ...Read more

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What is the difference between ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates and why avoid foods that are out-of-date?

What is the difference between ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates and why avoid foods that are out-of-date?

Reading food labels: "Best before" typically refers to the preservation of optimal taste and texture of the food, while "use by" has more to do with its expiration. Expired foods run the risk of spoilage and bacterial contamination that make you sick when consumed. ...Read more

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Can I use out-of-date morphine?

Can I use out-of-date morphine?

No: Any medication that is out-of-date should not be used. First of all we don't know whether it will work or not and secondly its effect body might be unpredictable, might get more adverse affects etc. ...Read more

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Out of date nubuluzer meds?? Will this harm me

Not likely: They might not work as good, less likely they will harm you. Would still recommend against using them if expired. ...Read more

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Ate out-of-date food, now feel ill. Is there a way to make me puke it up?

Ate out-of-date food, now feel ill. Is there a way to make me puke it up?

Maybe: You can cause yourself to vomit by inserting your finger in deep enough but we usually do not recommend it. Unfortunately, you probably just need to let it pass on its own. The lesson is don't eat expired food, food that has been sitting out overnight, made in unsanitary places. ...Read more

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Will out-of-date antihistamine tablets still work?

Will out-of-date antihistamine tablets still work?

Maybe: Medications that have passed the expiration may still work, but the pharmaceutical manufacturer cannot guarantee their effectiveness. The longer the medication is out-of-date, the more likely they are less effective. ...Read more

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I gave my 3 year old calpol for a temperature only realising it was 6 months out-of-date later on! Can it be harmful or is it just less effective?

I gave my 3 year old calpol for a temperature only realising it was 6 months out-of-date later on! Can it be harmful or is it just less effective?

No: Not harmful and likely just as effective. The expiry date often is stated as earlier than the true expiry date. All the best and I hope he/she feels better. ...Read more

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I have a small supply of humira (adalimumab) which is slightly out-of-date. I don't have a good means of obtaining more right now. Would it be harmful to use it?

I have a small supply of humira (adalimumab) which is slightly out-of-date. I don't have a good means of obtaining more right now. Would it be harmful to use it?

Avoid expired meds: Expiry date means that these drugs are tested for that much time and was considered to hold the same efficacy as the tablets on the first day of manufacturing.

So expired medicines means there are no guarantees of any sort. So they are better to be avoided. ...Read more

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Hi does contraceptive pill have an out-of-date? Or it never goes out-of-date?

Hi does contraceptive pill have an out-of-date? Or it never goes out-of-date?

They can expire.: Hi Imen,

All contraceptive pills have an expiration date. This is usually placed somewhere on the packaging. They usually have a long shelf life, but if you want to be truly at ease, never take expired medication. ...Read more

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Hi for the last two occasions I've bled after sex I'm over due on a cervical smear I have an out-of-date coil in n was only on my Las cycle Las week?

Hi for the last two occasions I've bled after sex I'm over due on a cervical smear I have an out-of-date coil in n was only on my Las cycle Las week?

Need to examine: You may have a lesion on our cervix which is a usual reason for coital bleeding. It would be prudent to get your PAP, get tested for HPV and ask the doctor to examine you for the coital bleeding. ...Read more

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I took 8mg of out-of-date Valium from 2006 to 4 hours ago. Should i be worried, I feel okay. I took it for alcohol withdrawal?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Valium: It is expired by now. If u are awake, u should be fine. I advise not taking any more of that valium and work with your doctor to help u through the alcohol detox. ...Read more

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Worried about tetanus. Small wound from metal bar in outdoor shower on farm between toes. Shots out-of-date. Cleaned/bandaged wound with gentamicin.

Worried about tetanus. Small wound from metal bar in outdoor shower on farm between toes. Shots out-of-date. Cleaned/bandaged wound with gentamicin.

Give me a boost.: The general rule is to have a booster if it has been more than 10 years since last shot. If the wound is deep and contaminated and it has been more than 5 years since your last shot, you will need a booster. Your wound care sounds adequate, but there is no way of telling if it is adequate. To remove all doubt, get a booster. ...Read more

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I had my out-of-date implanon implant out a month ago, when should I expect body to be back to normal? Implant was in 3 years over what it was meant.

I had my out-of-date implanon implant out a month ago, when should I expect body to be back to normal? Implant was in 3 years over what it was meant.

Your body is already: Since the implant "was in 3 years over ...", its content of the progestin hormone was probably used up and therefore you have had your body "back to your normal" all that time. Consult your gynecologist if you are concerned about your menses, pregnancy or need another effective LARC (long acting reversible contraceptive) like Implanon and set your "reproductive health plan" with that clinician. ...Read more

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Are out-of-date birth control pills any less effective?

Are out-of-date birth control pills any less effective?

Possibly: They are stamped with an expiration date for a reason... Don't risk it! ...Read more

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Hello i have a 16-month son with heavy breathing been to doctors got inhaler I have a nebuliser but the capsules are out-of-date 08 2015 still use?

Hello i have a 16-month son with heavy breathing been to doctors got inhaler I have a nebuliser but the capsules are out-of-date 08 2015 still use?

Expired caps: Usually the longest past expiration on meds
is 6 months, . Therefore, I would order more
albuterol for the home machine from your doctor and use the updated albuterol inhaler for now to use.
Get back to be seen by your MD if symptoms progress,
respiratory distress, wheezes or tightness and retractions in the chest. ...Read more