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Can I take Prednisone after the expiration date?

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Peacecladdagh 18 Feb 2012

How expired? And what for? I've taken it when it has expired in the form of eye drops when I was desperately awaiting to get in the doctor. If it's over 6 months I would not suggest it.

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zeynab.siahnouri 18 Feb 2012

Hi..
No medication should be consumed beyond their expiry date. Many medications can actually become toxic, harmful and potentially deadly if taken after they have expired.please throw it out..
good luck

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Catoni54 14 Aug 2018

Actually almost no drug becomes toxic, harmful or deadly past their expiry date. About 98% - 99% simply weaken over time and become less effective. Example: The person may take a long expired drug and only get 20 % effectiveness. Chances of taking a drug that has become harmful, toxic and deadly due to going beyond the expiry date is extremely low.

franklin8905 18 Feb 2012

When providing medications for missionaries in other countries we were told that US medications can be used to up to one year after the expiration date. It would be best to use medication that is within the expiration date, but I don't think there is any harm with medications taken shortly after expiration. Medications don't go bad overnight. But please if you need Prednisone contact your doctor and either get a new script or possibly be on some other medication. Prednisone is a dangerous medication that needs to be used under a doctor's supervision for the specific problem it was prescribed. Hope this helps

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Catoni54 14 Aug 2018

I agree. Expiry dates are set very conservatively. Usually they are set for at least six months before they begin to weaken. And if they are properly stored will still be quite effective for even a year or two years past the “expiry” date.
The previous claim of “many” drugs turning deadly and toxic past the expiry date is deceptive. 99% or more of them simply lose strength gradually with time. Prednisone, which is what the OP was referring to does not turn deadly. But if years past expiry, may not give you the full effectiveness you need. But if you need prednisone and that is all you have, would still be better than nothing.

endlessPred 19 Feb 2012

Old meds should be disposed of properly. Check with your pharmacist what programs or policies are in your area.

The others have said it well. Check with a doc first.

By the way, prednisone is very cheap even without insurance. Please get a new script from the doc and stay safe.

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Michelle19872020 26 Dec 2019

I really need my prednisone. I do have a prescription it say use before 9-6-2019...
I came from hospital didnt have enough to get the meds.so i found old prescription

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