Can APAP/CODEINE become outdated? I have had this medicine since 2008. At this time I have 2 absessed teeth. Regular tylenol and IB profin are not taking away any pain and I am needing somethin right now and the date caught my attention..I dont want to take it & have to wait four hours until I can take something for the pain not sure if it would have a bad effect on me
Four years is a bit too old for a medication to still be effective, might be, but I would not chance it. I doubt that it would hurt you but just that it may have lost its potency. You really need to address this with a dentist. The infection can enter the blood stream and make you even sicker.
I can't advise you what to do other than I have a friend who is a pharmacist I did ask the question and he said that was just too old, I would think seeing a Dentist or even going to an Emergency room to see if they would prescribe current medication if you just can't get into a dentist right now, My mom had s similar situation, I ended up calling the doctor at 4 a.m. I got just enough medicine at the over night pharmacy then in a short time she was seen by the dentist, the next time she had a follow up visit with the dentist he prescribed some pain medication you see he seemed to think this would happen again, due to expense he extracted 2, and then he did this. he also gave a prescription for an antibiotic. I know when you are in pain its tempting but if the medicine is either too old to work or not recommended then working at a safe alternative is best, I just want the safest route for you
In Actuality... you need to go to your dentist and they will prescribe "Antibiotics" for you... pain meds will help the pain Only so far.
The problem is the absessed teeth are INFECTED... so no matter what pain medication you have, it will keep hurting until you get that infection out. Then vet your teeth taken care of. Majority of dentist will not extract any teeth that has bad infection because it wouldn't be healthy for you. If you get a dentist that wants to pull teeth in midst of that... RUN !!!
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