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What will happen if I took an expired store brand allergy pill?

What will happen if I took an expired store brand allergy pill?

Probably nothing: It's not good to take expired medicines, as they may have lost some potency and might not work as well. In most cases though, they are not likely to be harmful to you. For allergy pills, there should be no harm, but they might not work. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Can I take expired allergy pill. It expired sept 2011?

Can I take expired allergy pill. It expired sept 2011?

Not unsafe...: But probably less efficacious. If you still want to take it, it will likely not harm you but may not work as well as an unexpired dose. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my allergy pills are expired , what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my allergy pills are expired , what do you suggest?

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

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I took CVS brand allergy pill 10mg loratadine. Can I have alcohol now?

I took CVS brand allergy pill 10mg loratadine. Can I have alcohol now?

No: Better no, even if the loratadine doesn't sedate you, the combination is potentially harmful, causing additive CNS depression, you didn't mention how much alcohol too, take care ...Read more

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Will a allergy relief pill or an off brand of benedril affect my birth control shot? (Depo) please help!!

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

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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?

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

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Can I take Tylenol (acetaminophen) cold severe with store brand allergy medicine?

Can I take Tylenol (acetaminophen) cold severe with store brand allergy medicine?

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

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I'm curious as to what would happen if i took 9 allergy pills?

I'm curious as to what would happen if i took 9 allergy pills?

Death: Take 9 allergy pills would be a significant overdose and should not be done. Depending on the antihistamine one may risk death. ...Read more

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What would happen if I took extra Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy pills?

What would happen if I took  extra Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy pills?

Perhaps, one: See prior answer for details about benadryl (diphenhydramine). 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 (diphenhydramine) 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