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I have gastroenteritis on the road. I have an old prescription for ciprofloxacin.Should I take expired medicine?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Don't treat yourself

Most gastroenteritis is viral and won't get better with antibiotics.
Some forms of gastroenteritis can actually get worse with antibiotics. I don't recommend treating yourself with ciprofloxacin, expired or otherwise.

In brief: Don't treat yourself

Most gastroenteritis is viral and won't get better with antibiotics.
Some forms of gastroenteritis can actually get worse with antibiotics. I don't recommend treating yourself with ciprofloxacin, expired or otherwise.
Dr. Joel Gallant
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Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: Fyi

The fact that you still have an old prescription also warrants a comment: you should have finished your course of antibiotics as prescribed.
Shortening does not make sense since it carries a risk for relapse. Try to stick to prescribed durations of therapy in the future. And yes. Dont self-medicate with antibiotics unless discussed with your physician.

In brief: Fyi

The fact that you still have an old prescription also warrants a comment: you should have finished your course of antibiotics as prescribed.
Shortening does not make sense since it carries a risk for relapse. Try to stick to prescribed durations of therapy in the future. And yes. Dont self-medicate with antibiotics unless discussed with your physician.
Dr. Matthias Peuster
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