1 Sep 2011
The Tramadol should have an expirery date on the box, usually found on the back. I want to make it clear that the expirery date doesn't always mean the medication is no longer safe or useful. The expirery date on most medications is only a guarantee for the medications effectiveness. This means if a medication expired 1 year ago it would still have some effect but maybe not the full desired effect that the manufacturer guarantees for the medication within it's best before date. The expirery date only exists on medication because the organization that regulates such substances in your country decided it should be a requirement. Some medications if stored right can still have a full effect 10 years after its expirery date. The point I'm trying to make is that medication isn't like milk. It won't go sour and unhealthy to ingest after leaving it for a few weeks. This isn't the case in all medications though, it strongly depends on the ingredients.
Some medications could become more toxic over time where as others just lose effectiveness. I want to make it clear that I am in no way condoning or recommending the ingestion of medications that have passed the best before date. This could cause you to become very ill or in the worst case it could be fatal. If you find that the Tramadol has infact expired I would suggest following maso4169's advice. Take it to your local pharmacy and they will safely dispose of it. I know the question has already been sufficiently answered, I just wanted to add more detail towards the expirery of medication in general. I hope my information has been helpful to you and anyone else that may happen to read it.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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