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What Will Happen If I Took An Expired Store Brand Allergy Pill
Essentially allergies occur when your immune system goes crazy and decides to has to fight against things it should be ignoring. The immune system of people without allergies simply ignores the pollen in the air or the dander on their cat while an allergic person's immune system creates cells to fight against the pollen or dander. The allergic reaction causes the ...Read more
New prescription: Medication that has past the expiration date should be replaced. It's unlikely that antihistamines that are beyond expiration date are harmful, but the drug company cannot guarantee the potency. The longer the medication is past the expiration date, the more likely that it has lost some potency. ...Read more
Will a allergy relief pill or an off brand of benedril affect my birth control shot? (Depo) please help!!
No: usually some antibiotics would, better ask whenever you use any other medicines while on hormonal contraception, if in doubt, use an extra method for birth control while using the other medicine, such as a barrier, good that you asked, and always exercise caution with multiple medications, ...Read more
Yes: In general that is a correct statement. ...Read more
I recently purchased a store brand allergy relief in a form of capsules. The expiration date is 12/2015. Is it safe to take and is it still effective?
Expired : Drugs may still be effective or inactive due to the disintegration of the chemicals. Since the effectiveness is not certain it is advisable to use non expired drugs ...Read more
Possibly, see below: It's always hard to tell with these combination products. The best thing to do is to look at the active ingredient list side-by-side. They're usually good at telling you what each ingredient does (cough suppressant, antihistamine, etc.). If two of the same ingredient are in each product - for example, two antihistamines - and especially if both products contain acetaminophen, do *not* take both. ...Read more
Perhaps, one: See prior answer for details about benadryl. An over the counter dose is 25 mg (the same dose they put in many 'sleep aides' like tylenol-pm, where the side effect of Benadryl of drowsiness is the main ingredient). If taking it for typical allergies (runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing), could try one tablet. But there are better ones today with less side effects (zyrtec, allegra, claritin, etc). ...Read more
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