still in original bottle but the used by date has past augmentin 875 would it be alright to take for the sake thing it was originally prescribed for
I would first consider how much time has passed since the use by date. If we're only talking weeks or even a couple of months, you should be fine to take it. The drug companies build in a "buffer" to their use by dates. Any more than a couple of months and I would call my physician, explain that the use by date has passed and see if they can send a new prescription over to your pharmacy.
The main concern for using an antibiotic past its use by date is that they can lose potency, which means you may not get rid of your entire infection even though your symptoms are gone. Then, when it inevitably comes back, it will be resistant to the Augmentin and a stronger antibiotic will be needed to treat it. This is one way that the serious problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics can happen.
Bottom line... if it's just a couple of months past its use by date, you should be good. Any more than that and you're looking at a drug that has potentially lost potency and will cause you far more work down the road than if you just obtain a new prescription now.
I hope I've helped.
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