After how many months would you recommend that I replace that bottle with a new one?
Some information here quoted from the U.S. Drug Administration for the U.S. military... some drugs should never be taken past the expiration on the package, some of the most critical and important to note are: nitroglycerin, insulin, tetracycline, liquid and oil capsules... ie; fish oil... Note Studies have shown that Bayer Asprin carries a 2 year shelf life on their asprin products however studies have shown that it retained 100 percent of it's effectiveness at 4 years... some medications have also been studied for up to 15 years, however how often would this happen??? Most important, check for expiration, if you do not see one call your pharmacy, if it is expired you need to discard of it correctly and have it replaced... Hope this was helpful... Blaze22 Have a safe, peaceful night... god bless
I would go with the expiration date as well. When I was doing patient teaching with bottles of sub lingual nitro we used to tell folks to remove the cotton from the bottle if it has cotton in it because the cotton can absorb the drug. Also never store it in a plastic container because plastic will absorb the drug as well (which will make the pill less effective) We also told folks not to carry the bottle close to the body like a shirt pocket. You should carry it away from the warmth of the body like in a jacket pocket or a purse. the warmth from the body can cause the medicine to break down faster. I want to say to replace every 6 months to a year but I dont remember for sure. You can ask your pharmacist what he/she recommends. If it is older than the expiration date definitely replace!
- Nitroglycerin Information for Consumers
- Nitroglycerin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nitroglycerin (detailed)
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