I take percocet on certain occations when my migrains get out of controll. I found a couple of pills that look more weathered than old but i can't read the identification numbers. The pill is white and round- and looks to me just like what i used to take. still, im kind os skeptical about going ahead and taking something i don't recognize. does anyone know what percocet might look like after a couple of months outside a pillbox?
Acetaminophen/Oxycodone - how do you know when the pills are too old to take?
Question posted by agloates on 10 Jan 2011
Last updated on 22 January 2013 by sergiodadon
It would look like eney old pill. Imprint scratch of. i wouldn't tale it it mighy be something ealse.
U should never take anything u can not identify. To look for identifiers inspect the pill for any partial marking if any or bring the tablets to your local pharmacy. Depending on the dose/strenghth u had been using as well as the company that manufactured the pill will be factors that have to b considered when trying to identify any medications so it would help to include all details of color shape size and any remaining markings.
Generally the pill container will have a "beyond use" date on it; the pharmacist attaches this based on the manufacturer's expiration date. I do not know about oxy specifically but certain drugs like tetracycline become toxic after time. i would call the pharmacy and ask the pharmacist.
while I don't know what percocet would look like after a couple of months outside of a pillbox, the expiration date is often a method to keep the medications regulated, and not accumulating over the years. My doctor mentioned once after he gave me some slightly expired sample packs that most meds don't really go bad for years past the date, as they are a chemical, unlike something like an antibiotic. I would imagine that if they're under five years over the date that they're fine. Maybe a bit less potent, but should be fine. I'm not a doctor, and I'm only referencing my own personal knowledge - not someone with years in med school.
best of luck!
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