The Tramadol should have an expiry date on the box, usually found on the back. I want to make it clear that the expiry date doesn't always mean the medication is no longer safe or useful. The expiry date on most medications is only a guarantee for the medications effectiveness. This means if a medication expired 1 year ago it would still have some effect but maybe not the full desired effect that the manufacturer guarantees for the medication within it's best before date. The expiry date only exists on medication because the organization that regulates such substances in your country decided it should be a requirement. Some medications if stored right can still have a full effect 10 years after its expiry date. The point I'm trying to make is that medication isn't like milk.
It won't go sour and unhealthy to ingest after leaving it for a few weeks. This isn't the case in all medications though, it strongly depends on the ingredients. Some medications could become more toxic over time where as others just lose effectiveness. I want to make it clear that I am in no way condoning or recommending the ingestion of medications that have passed the best before date. This could cause you to become very ill or in the worst case it could be fatal. If you find that the Tramadol has in fact expired I would suggest following maso4169's advice. Take it to your local pharmacy and they will safely dispose of it. I know the question has already been sufficiently answered, I just wanted to add more detail towards the expiry of medication in general. I hope my information has been helpful to you and anyone else that may happen to read it.
For 2 days now I have been suffering from an extremely painful toothache while waiting for antibiotics to take control of the infection. I am taking Tramadol that expired 2 years ago to control my pain. It has been stored for over 3 years at room temperature. It is relieving my pain beautifully without any side effects. I am uninsured and cannot afford medications so I am very grateful that kept the expired Tramadol for without it I would not able to function enough to write this testimony.
Tramadol will have a long shelf life as long as it was in a closed bottle, not exposed to sunlight and moisture, example if it was kept in a glove compartment in a vehicle, the high and low temperatures, would shorten its shelf life, in a sealed bottle in a cabinet, it can have close to the same strength as when it was purchased at a pharmacy after several years, Antibiotics and nitroglycerin are different and more time sensitive, anytime you take medicine to a drop off site if it is an opiate you should put some glue, grease or paste etc in the bottle with the pills so they can't be resold, as has been known to happen.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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