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Doctor insights on: Is It Safe To Use Expired Medication

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Is it safe to take any medication after it expired one year ago?

Is it safe to take any medication after it expired one year ago?

No -- toss it: No -- you should not take expired medication. After that date, the pills or capsules could be deteriorating. Discard in the trash or in a medicine take-back program -- not in the toilet. All of us who use the water supply will thank you for helping to keep it clean. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take medication that has expired? My bottle of zegerid says "do not take after. ..." it's past the date, but the bottle is still sealed.

Is it safe to take medication that has expired? My bottle of zegerid says "do not take after. ..." it's past the date, but the bottle is still sealed.

Better not to: It is better not to take expired medication- especially if you are talking about antibiotics- as it may not be effective anymore. Call your doctor and have a new one sent to pharmacy for you. ...Read more

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I have generic 5 mg ritalin (methylphenidate) that expired 3 years ago. I haven't had to take this medication for a long time. However, I am back in school short term. Is this safe to take for studying?

I have generic 5 mg ritalin (methylphenidate) that expired 3 years ago. I haven't had to take this medication for a long time. However, I am back in school short term. Is this safe to take for studying?

Medicine expired: This medicine is probably not useful to you. It would not help you to study, and since it is expired, it will probably have no benefit to you as a medicine. It is best to discard this expired medicine. ...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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Are expired medications effective?

Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more

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How safe are the commonly prescribed pain medications?

How safe are the commonly prescribed pain medications?

Relatively safe: If used as prescribed, most pain medications are relatively safe. The danger comes when they are misused or abused for recreation. ...Read more

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How safe is Crohn's medication (azothioprine)?

How safe is Crohn's medication (azothioprine)?

Very safe: Azathioprine a very useful drug in crohn's disease. It is an anti-inflammatory which is steroid sparing. Many patients with cd who are initially given steroids should be converted to azathioprine/6mp therapy for long-term use. Monitoring of blood counts and general examinations to monitor and screen for cancer are necessary. It is questionable azathioprine/6mp increase the risk for cancer. ...Read more

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Is there any medication safer than naproxen?

Is there any medication safer than naproxen?

As far as NSAIDs?: Naproxen in a recent danish study proved safer for the heart than all other non steroidal ant-inflammatory drugs, even compared to placebo. It will replace some of my other go to drugs. But there are caveats. It can irritate the stomach. It does negate aspirins cardio-protection. It can cause a decrement in renal function in some patients! ...Read more

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Are expired medications efgective?

Are expired medications efgective?

Not effective: Medications start losing effectiveness once they expire. It is just like food which starys to degrade or spoil after the expiration date. It is a good idea only to take meds before the expiration date. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is using medication from 6 months ago considered safe?

Sometimes: If you can find expiration date it would be ideal, but most drugs still work after the expiration date, just lose potency overtime. ...Read more

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What can happen if you take expired prescribed medication?

What can happen if you take expired prescribed medication?

Effects can vary: 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. When in doubt avoid taking the medication ...Read more

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Are malaria medications safe?

Are malaria medications safe?

Yes: Nothing is without risk, but the treatment is much safer than the disease. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give pain medication to children?

Is it safe to give pain medication to children?

Depends: This depends on the condition of the child, reason and type of medication and dose involved. I can think of some pain meds that would stop a kid from breathing, at least one that could shut down their kidneys, etc. There are specific and well studied pain meds for kids that are safe to use. ...Read more

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What medications are safe to take for morning sickness?

What medications are safe to take for morning sickness?

Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 capsules once or twice a day can help relieve nausea. Also try chewing crystallized ginger or ginger capsules 3 times a day. Doxylamine is an over-the-counter sleep aid that can help morning sickness, take it at nighttime first as it will make you drowsy, but it can be taken every 6 hours. There are also prescription meds that your doctor can give you for severe nausea. ...Read more

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Is pycnogenol safe to take with the medications I'm on?

Is pycnogenol safe to take with the medications I'm on?

There are no studies: There are no sudies have been done to see if it is safe to take pycnogenol with any meds
so we can not answer this question based on evidence
but according to alternative meds experts it is ok. So make your own mind. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take four different types of medications at once?

It depends: Many medications can be taken at the same time. Must check with pharmacist to be sure there are no drug interactions any time you take any number of medications at the same time. ...Read more

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What is the most efficient and safe medication for fibromyalgia?

What is the most efficient and safe medication for fibromyalgia?

There doesn't seem: To be any one that works for everyone. FM is one of those conditions that gets diagnosed when everything else is eliminated and there are still persistent, major symptoms. FM is usually treated symptomatically, so there are a wide variety of approaches--mostly with pain killers. Here's a starting point, but do more research:

http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/National_Fibromyalgia_Association ...Read more

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What its class a or class b medication for pregnet woman? What safe to take?

What its class a or class b medication for pregnet woman? What safe to take?

A = safest: Category a: these drugs have been tested and found to be safe during pregnancy. Category a includes drugs such as folic acid, vitamin b6, and some thyroid medicines in prescribed doses.
Category b: animals studies say safe, but no randomized controlled studies done in humans. These drugs are frequently used during pregnancy and do not appear to cause major birth defects or other problems. ...Read more

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Given the dangers of using statins is there a safer substitute for that medication?

Yes, glad you asked: New research is looking into the whole question of avoiding unnecessary use of statins. Here's a piece of the info - follow the links and ask your doctor to check it out too. Dr. Randy baker (here on healthtap) is quite knowledgeable on this topic. Search him out here. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the most effective and safe systemic medication for psoriasis that can be taken long term?

What is the most effective and safe systemic medication for psoriasis that can be taken long term?

See details: The two most effective classes of systemic meds are Methotrexate and tnf antagonists. Each can be taken long term. Methotrexate, imo, carries less risk and except for very severe disease, merits the first try. ...Read more

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What to do if I can't sleep at night no matter what. Are there any safe medications to resolve my issue?

What to do if I can't sleep at night no matter what. Are there any safe medications to resolve my issue?

Melatonin: Melatonin is available over the counter. It is the substance your brain uses to set your biological clock. Take 1/2 to 1 hour before bed time. Stop tv and computer activities 1/2 to 1 hour before trying to go to bed as the light lowers your natural melatonin levels. Avoid afternoon and evening caffeine. Or other stimulants. See your doctor to discuss other measures and possibly have a sleep. ...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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I have been on vfen 200mg since sept 2012 for aspergullis fungus. How will I know, or what test will show when safe to stop medication?

I have been on vfen 200mg since sept 2012 for aspergullis fungus. How will I know, or what test will show when safe to stop medication?

Your doctor: It depends what type of aspergillus infection is being treated here; invasive? Chronic cavitary? It comes down to stabilizing/normalizing your inflammation labs and stable imaging. Discuss with your infectious disease doctor. ...Read more