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Doctor insights on: Using Expired Vitamins

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Is taking expired prenatal vitamins safe?

No: It is never safe to take expired medication. In addition to any adverse effects, the ingredients probably are providing no benefit any longer. ...Read more

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Are expired zinc tablets okay?

Are expired zinc tablets okay?

Zinc: Zinc, a mineral does not go "bad" and if tablets in cool and dry environment they are good for much longer than expiration date. ...Read more

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Can I use expired albuterol sulfate?

Can I use expired albuterol sulfate?

Caution: Probably no increased danger, but expired medication often lose potency and do not work. ...Read more

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Are taking expired dietary supplements toxic?

Are taking expired dietary supplements toxic?

Expired medications: Dietary supplements that have an expiration date on them should be discarded. The chemical nature of any medication or supplement can change over time including the additives to that product. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use expired parental vitamins?

Is it safe to use expired parental vitamins?

Expired vitamins: It is not wise to use any expired vitamins or medicines, as this is an unsafe practice, which could cause you harm. ...Read more

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Can i use expired Fluticasone?

Can i use expired Fluticasone?

Probably OK: Drug expiration dates reflect the time of proved safety and effectiveness. But in almost all cases, the drug remains potent and safe for much longer (often many years), if it hasn't been exposed to high heat for long periods (like a car's glove compartment in summer). It's always safest to get a refill, but most likely the expired fluticasone will work just fine. ...Read more

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Do kirkland multivitamins expire?

Do kirkland multivitamins expire?

Yes: Most biologically active substances lose potency over time. The expiration date is not always accurate but unless you know better, you should follow it. By the way, why are you even taking such pills. Unless you are pregnant or plan to be, there is no need. Get what you need from food and sun. ...Read more

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Do chewable gummy multivitamins get properly absorbed as much as regular USP verified tablet multivitamins?

Do chewable gummy multivitamins get properly absorbed as much as regular USP verified tablet multivitamins?

Probably: Not all gummy vitamins are created equal and some are undoubtedly better than others, but they should contain high quality vitamins in a different base than tablets. The fact that they are chewable may increase their absorbability, but i don't know any objective research on their absorption so this is all just an educated guess. ...Read more

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Safe to use antifungal cream while pregnant?

Safe to use antifungal cream while pregnant?

Generally yes: But before responding definitively would need to know what cream you are using, how often and where and with what dosages. ...Read more

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Is expired zorfan safe to use? It's about 7 months expired, dissolvable tablet form.

Is expired zorfan safe to use?  It's about 7 months expired, dissolvable tablet form.

Maybe: If not exposed to temperature and humidity extremes, i suspect most tablet type medications are good beyond their expiration dates. I usually tell my patients to throw things out more than a year past the expiration date. I would not trust an old antibiotic or blood pressure medication personally. I wish there was a simple answer to your question. ...Read more

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Can I use cinnamon flavored toothpaste while pregnant?

Can I use cinnamon flavored toothpaste while pregnant?

Yes: You will be brushing your teeth with it not "eating" it and it will not harm your pregnancy. ...Read more

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Orajel ok to use while pregnant?

Orajel ok to use while pregnant?

Sure.: Benzocaine is the main ingredient of orajel; when used within reason (not excessive amounts, nor for too long) it is expected to be safe for use during pregnancy and lactation. Pregnancy category c, no human or animal studies available. ...Read more

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Can I use expired ex-lax ultra pills or get new ones?

Probably safe.: Expiration dates for oral meds are usually very conservative and have to do with marketing, product cycling and regulatory issues than potency. As long as they were stored under reasonable conditions should be good for many months beyond expiration. ...Read more

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Are over-the-counter salicylic acid facial products safe to use while pregnant?

Are over-the-counter salicylic acid facial products safe to use while pregnant?

General rule: The medication in products you use on your skin are not absorbed into the blood in detectable amounts that would bother the babies growth or development. You may find that pregnancy alters the skin & makes otherwise milder treatments harder to control & less satisfactory. ...Read more

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Can using expired nystatin cream hurt me?

Can using expired nystatin cream hurt me?

Probably not,: Unless has been opened and exposed to bacteria that shouldn't be in there. Nystatin is anti-fungal and does not kill bacteria. So if it has been lying around for long period of time, probably best getting a new tube. ...Read more

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Can you use expired flonase?

Not recommended: It's probably safe to use, depending on how old it is--however, if the medication is expired, i would recommend getting a new nose spray. ...Read more