I am taking levothyroxin and wondered how long the pills are effective after the expiration date?
- 21 Mar 2011 by aliehs1957
- 21 March 2011
They are not good after the expiration date, especially levothyroxine.
Drugs work differnet from food expirations. A drug is considered exired when 10% of the active drug has broken down. In most cases, it doesn't hurt someone but it doesn't help.
In the case of Levothyroxine, you do not want fluctations of drug. A small difference in pills means a big difference in the body. This is what is called "narrow therapeutic'
It is posible that taking the expired medicine will make you hypothyroid.
Brian PharmD Candidate
- Levothyroxine Information for Consumers
- Levothyroxine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Levothyroxine (detailed)
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