Some of my solution has an expiration date of July 2012, how long can I still use it? I know I won't finish it up this month.
It is generally not recommended to use expired meds, however one could use the med since the expiry date mentions July 2012.
Best would be to call up the local pharmacy or contact the doc who would give you more accurate advice.
Please take care, best wishes!
Albuterol solution can be used years past expiration date if 1) it has been stored at room temperature or colder in a dark place 2) it is clear and colorless.
The only thing is it may lose its potency, little by little. I have heard of people using it 5 years past expiration. I keep them stored away in case of emergency.
I was diagnosed asthmatic as an infant, my mom noticed I was turning purple and had a weak cry. I have been hospitalized for weeks and had to use nebulizer and inhaler daily as a child.
My asthma is a lot better now as an adult so I don't go to the doctor very often. I keep a box of albuterol solution for emergencies, barely past expiration date. Works just fine.
I would suggest you also keep an epi-pen if your asthma is bad. It can save your life in an emergency.
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I just used some that expired in 2003. Seemed to work.
How long can I keep albuterol solution when it has expired?
Recently I had a bad cold and in need of additional help breathing in the middle of the night b/c my inhaler wasn’t giving relief & used albuterol sulfate 3ml + ipratropium Bromide 0.5mg solution. The vial was dated 04/11 (expired by 7+ years) and helped me.
You have to be careful when using the albuterol sulfate nebulizer meds because if they are too out of date and you use them so much you will get double pneumonia I used some that was a few years out of date and had double pneumonia for a while. Just a heads up to be careful
Just tonight I needed, after several years, to use some stored nebulizer Albuterol. The solution in the vial was clear; expiration date was 2009... 10 years. I felt much better after the treatment BUT noted diminished effects from the last time I used the stored medicine... one or two winters ago so I would surmise the Albuterol is slowly reaching the limits of its usefulness after the expiration date. Time to get some new I guess.
I just use some that was about 3 years old and it worked fine. I say go for it until you get an updated batch.
Is it safe to use out dated albuterol sulfate nebulizer liquid
Loses its potency. Will work for years expired though. I’ve used three year old Albuterol solution for my nebulizer and it’s been fine and worked. Just make sure it’s stored proper and still clear
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