I have a bottle of 5/325 hydrocodone APAP oral tablets prescribed to me on December 8, 2011. I kept them in their original orange bottle with the lid fastened on. Another thing, they were in a closed drawer in my bathroom roughly 10 feet from the shower. I was wondering if they would cause any serious damage if I were to take 2 pills, and how the humidity could affect the acetaminophen in the tablets. (Or if the humidity affects it at all). I have no history of any liver or kidney problems and I am a healthy 145 lb. male. Looking for serious, professional answers, personal experiences, useful links, anything to help. Thanks guys! :)
Safe to take expired Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen?
- 15 Jul 2014 by GriffinDelta
- 30 Oct 2016
- pain, acetaminophen, hydrocodone, prescription, expiration, toxicity, tablet, pill
Added 15 Jul 2014:
I was also wondering if dropping in a few PillowPak humidity reducers could possibly absorb some of the moisture. How would that affect the tablets?
I have taken pain pills that were that old which worked fine, but the humidity is a problem to the potency of pills. So like the others said, the pills may not have the same potency, but don't take more than the allotted dose to compensate for that since you don't know how much the efficiency of the pills has occurred.
Never store any medications in a humid place. Good luck.
I have been taking expired meds for years and years. I've been taking baclofen dated 2005 for the past 3 days. It seems to work. I think expiration dates are just precautionary. If the meds are stored in a relatively dry, cool place, I think they're fine. My girlfriend is a nurse, and she thinks that expired meds can cause liver damage. But I haven't read anything about that in my research.
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