... with what I know is a kidney stone, and am in agony. I found in the medicine kit a prescription that is 4 years old of Morphine Sulfate, that I have for the same reason. Is 4 year old Morphine Sulfate safe to take? Please help me, as I am in agonizing pain, but am afraid to take these pills. My husband is just telling me to take them, but I want to ensure I do not harm myself
3 hour drive-by car or boat--- some places don't have 911--- or close drug stores--- Nothing like driving a half of an hour on an unpaved road for an aspirin--- I'd take the morphine-if it works fine- if it doesn't work-it doesn't work--but that car/boat ride is going to be pure agony. Take the pills with you, so the doctor can see what you took-
Yes, it is okay to take most expired medications. They just may not be as effective.
This from the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, "Medical authorities state expired 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."
Also, "With a large and expensive stockpile of drugs, the military faced 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."
If there are specific medications that you as a pharmacist think are unsafe after they have expired, please give specific examples. Otherwise I am going to keep taking my expired medications that don't matter for their full effectiveness.
I wouldn't take expired blood pressure medicine, antibiotics or statins, because the full effectiveness does matter.
- Morphine Information for Consumers
- Morphine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Morphine (detailed)
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