Ciprofloxacin - Have cipro for UTI. Expired year ago? Safe to take?
Question posted by adoyle2000 on 3 Nov 2012
Last updated on 31 October 2018 by beany1204
Hello y'all! I understand that normally the best thing to do, would be to call the doctor, and get a new prescription... However, not everyone has insurance to go to the doctors OR get a prescription. On top of that, not everyone has the money to pay for the doctor visit, and/or the prescription! So sometimes, when those people get really sick, they may feel that taking expired medication is better than taking no medication at all! I speak from experience. I have MANY health issues, am on SSDI, but due to my recent divorce I currently have NO insurance while waiting for Medicaid and Medicare to quit playing around and cover me.. I have run out of my heart medication and everything... I now have bronchitis, NO money for a prescription, and found in my Ma's room an expired script for Cipro that I would LOVE to take, if someone would answer the question straight enough to let me know that it MAY not help as much as a new script, but it DEFINITELY would NOT hurt anything!!!
Expired drugs a year ago I would say do not take. It has been too long. If you have a UTI get to a doctor. I just got out of hospital for a bad UTI. Do not play around. See the doctor.
I started taking an expired cipro from 04/2015 last night because I knew for sure I have a UTI. I get them at least every 2 years which leads to a severe kidney infection. I was skeptical but decided to take it out of desperation since the doctor's offices were close for the evening. I woke up feeling much better after taking the 2nd dosage I feel almost 100%. The pain is gone but I still feel a tad icky from the infection.
By Mistake(oversight)I have taken 500 mg tablets of cipro,twice daily for 5 days, expired nearly an year ago, for paranychia and have personally found it to be quite effective without any side effects. I would like to know if anyone else had any side effects using expired cipro.
Provided that you have a known UTI, and you have enough Cipro to cure the infection, there is nothing wrong with the medication. I posted a question/article about how long prescription medications last, as they did a study.. The answer was many years, provided that the medicine has been kept in a cool dark place, and hasn't been compromised. Makes me angry that I have thrown away so many bottles of good medicine.
Actually one needs to be sure it really is a UTI. I recently had what I thought was one but it turned out to be bladder stones. Hurt exactly the same, same urgency and so forth. Get the urine test to be sure. Not all bacteria are killed with this antibiotic.
It takes a full round of Cipro to get rid of the infection. Less than that leaves you open to a resistant bacteria. Then the scenario told above by another writer can be really possible. Never worth risking your kidneys.
I have yrs ago, had meds that I didn't throw out/after I was finished my dose I would just forget to throw them out of course I kept all my meds in a lock box so no one could get a hold of them for u never no what reaction another person will have on a med that works well for u... back to your ? I in my opinion would call a pharmacist and tell them the experation date, and what they were being taken for, but to my knowledge, from what I have heard, after a yr, they tell u to throw the meds out for they lose there potency for one, and I don't no what else, but guess what I sure were be on the phone finding out before I took one, but me being me, I wouldn't after a yr... good luck... call pharmacy so u don't regret a mistake that u could have clarified by a single call...
I've been told by a pharmacist that the medication wouldn't be dangerous to use but would be less effective. Urinary tract infections lead to bladder infections which lead to kidney infections. Lose your kidneys and you're on dialysis then death. Wouldn't risk it - get the prescription filled for the Cipro and ditch the expired ones. Regards - ElizaJane
I would say the chance that it would work is risky. Why do you have cipro anyway? If its left over after the infection, it shouldn't be you should have taken all of them at the time. And if you have less then enough to do a full course its not a good idea to take them anyway. See a doc.
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