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Is It Still Safe To Use After Expiry
Yes: Most expiration dates of medication are by formula rather than in consideration of the actual diminution of the quality of the medication. Sudafed is a solid pill which is unlikely to deteriorate in any meaningful way for several years post the date of expiration. Since its effect is quick, you will know if it is working even if past the date of expiration. ...Read more
How long after the expiry date is sunscreen still useable for? I have some that says it expired March 2014. Is it still OK to use?
Answer below.: Is sunscreen from last year still good? When does sunscreen expire? Answers from Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D. Sunscreens are designed to remain at original strength for up to three years. This means that you can use leftover sunscreen from one year to the next. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/expert-answers/sunscreen-expire/faq-20057957 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: The portion of the drug that helps push/propel the dry powder into the lungs does not last much beyond 1 year. I always encourage my patients to renew their drug every 6 months. ...Read more
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
Not recommended : Expired medicines usually lose effectiveness but do not become harmful. It is not recommended that you use it if you want it to be efficacious. ...Read more
Long past: Don't let it go more than a month. ...Read more
It depends...: Expiration dates tend to be rather artificial & somewhat arbitrary. If a vitamin has an expiration date a year after manufacture it is not like the next day it suddenly goes bad. They may lose some potency over time but are unlikely to be dangerous. A vitamin a month or 2 past expiration date is probably ok- if it expired 2 years ago i would be more cautious! ...Read more
Should be.: But in these cases I would always suggest checking with your own OB/GYN since there might be special circumstances that requires a modified recommendation. ...Read more
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
Maybe: Paint types differ significantly. Some have toxic compounds and exposure should be limited or avoided. Others, like water colors or latex low odor paints may be used if good ventilation is maintained. If exposure is unavoidable, there are masks that can help reduce chemical exposures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Methodone is safe for detox or maintanence during pregnancy while under the care of your ob. Methadone use in pregnancy has been associated with lower birth weights. But is far safer in contrast to narcotic abuse, especially cocaine, which is associated preterm labor and placental abruption. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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