My vicodin expired in 2005. Can I still take it?
Question posted by golfdame on 24 Jan 2011
Last updated on 18 September 2017
With a splitting headache you reach into your medicine cabinet for some aspirin only to find the stamped expiration date on the bottle has passed - two years ago. So, do you take it or don't you? If you decide to take the aspirin will it be a fatal mistake or will you simply continue to suffer from the headache? This is a dilemma many people face in some way or another. A column published in Pyschopharmacology Today offers some advice. It turns out that the expiration date on a drug does stand for something, but probably not what you think it does. Since a law was passed in 1979, drug manufacturers are required to stamp an expiration date on their products. This is the date at which the manufacturer can stillguaranteethefull potencyand safetyof thedrug. Most of what is known about drug expiration dates comes from a study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration at the request of the military.
With a largeand expensivestockpileof drugs, themilitaryfaced tossing out and replacing its drugs every few years. What they found from the study is 90% of more than 100 drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, were perfectly good to use even 15 years after the expiration date. So the expiration date doesn't really indicate a point at which the medication is no longer effective or has become unsafe to use. Medical authorities stateexpired drugs are safe to take, even those that expired years ago. A rare exception to this may be tetracycline, but the report on this is controversial among researchers. It's true the effectiveness of a drug may decrease over time, but much of the original potency still remains even a decade after the expiration date. Excluding nitroglycerin, insulin, and liquid antibiotics, most medications are as long-lasting as the ones tested by the military. Placing a medication in a cool place, such as a refrigerator, will help a drug remain potent for many years. Is the expiration date a marketing ploy by drug manufacturers, to keep you restocking your medicine cabinet and their pockets regularly? You can look at it that way. Or you can also look at it this way: The expiration dates are very conservative to ensure you get everything you paid for. And, really, if a drug manufacturer had to do expiration-date testing for longer periods it would slow their ability to bring you new and improved formulations. The next time you face the drug expiration date dilemma, consider what you've learned here. If the expiration date passed a few years ago and it's important that your drug is absolutely 100% effective, you might want to consider buying a new bottle. And if you have any questions about the safety or effectiveness of any drug, ask your pharmacist. He or she is a great resource when it comes to getting more information aboutyourmedications. TRY RESEARCHING THINGS INSTEAD OF CALLING PEOPLE RETARDS. THEN YOU ARE INFORMED INSTEAD OF, WELL A JERK.
I have taken drugs that have expired butone thing to be aware of they may not be as potent as they were at one time, double check with the pharmacist but I don't believe from what the doctor has said that they will cause harm the worst you can end up with it is not working like it usually would
I would have to agree, I wouldn't take a med that old. ask your pharmacist if still unsure.
No way!!! The pharmacys always tell people to never take a medication after the experation date.Due to the fact that over time.The drug loses it's strength in potency and therefore is considered ineffective."Disclaimer"-If you do take a drug that is expired you are taking it at your own risk.
It is considered unsafe and ineffective after the expiration date according to the FDA.-Federal Drug Administration
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