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Can I take pain killers that are expired (2-6 months)?
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sure
They may not be as effective, though.
But don't increase the dose... They are likely fine but may not be as effective.

In brief: Sure
They may not be as effective, though.
But don't increase the dose... They are likely fine but may not be as effective.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No guaranty.
The expiration date, required by us law since 1979, specifies only the date the manufacturer guarantees the full effect and safety of the drug and it does not mean how long the drug is actually "good" or safe to use.
There had been rare reports of problem. In most cases there are decreased efficacies.

In brief: No guaranty.
The expiration date, required by us law since 1979, specifies only the date the manufacturer guarantees the full effect and safety of the drug and it does not mean how long the drug is actually "good" or safe to use.
There had been rare reports of problem. In most cases there are decreased efficacies.
Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
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Dr. Brian Durkin
Pain Management
In brief: Best not to use them
Best to discard old pain medicine, especially morphine-like ones, after your pain has subsided.
You should take them to your pharmacy or a local drop off place that accepts unused pain medications. They are often held at local fire houses.

In brief: Best not to use them
Best to discard old pain medicine, especially morphine-like ones, after your pain has subsided.
You should take them to your pharmacy or a local drop off place that accepts unused pain medications. They are often held at local fire houses.
Dr. Brian Durkin
Dr. Brian Durkin
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