OK. I consider myself an intelligent man. But being a survivalist who stockpiles pills, I am always concerned about expiration dates. Now I know and you know that not ALL pills can chemically expire at the same time. I have NEVER received a prescription that had anythng other then the typical "expires in one year" generic stamp. I really need a good answer on this topic. Please, do not say things like "well not ALL pills expire... " We all know the VAST majority of them do say one year. I am seeking one thing and one thing only. What are the TRUE expiration dates for the following pills. Like a can of fruit that says expires 2012, it can be eaten for a year or two after that. Looking for serious replies here. Really need to know this info, as life and limb could depend on it if two years from now I try to take an Amoxicillin for an infection and DIE from it. Thank you ahead of time: Here is my list. Amoxicillin. Clindamycin. Percocets. Ultrams. Xanax. Flexall. Phentermine. 40 OC and 40 OP. That is what I stock for emergency medical survival needs. Please, no jokes about the 40 OC. Only have a few of them anyway... Mainly interested in the Amox and Clind, as I have heard that anti biotics are tricky when expired. Thank you all again.
17 Feb 2011
I couldn't comment on the effectiveness of medicines past their expiry date. Manufacturers do not guarantee the quality or efficacy of medicines past their expiry date, so we can't say that it's okay to take it past its expiry either.
The generic stamp saying it expires in one year is probably something the pharmacy puts on. Normally the stock bottles (the original bottles from the manufacturers) have a batch number and expiry date. This is the expiry date that one should go by.
If you are interested perhaps next time ask the pharmacy to put on the actual expiry date of the medicine on the bottle they dispense it in. I'm sure they will oblige.
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