What is the shelf life of Ativan? I have had the pills for a year, are they still good?
Question posted by wildrice on 7 Jan 2010
Last updated on 5 September 2017 by gogologo
Always follow the expiry date stated on the box. Do not use the tablets after this date. The efficiency of the drug decreases with time and exposure to light, this is why you are not having the correct effect when taking the medication.
One of the largest studies ever conducted about "expired drug" labeling was done by the US military 15 years ago, according to a feature story in the Wall Street Journal (March 29, 2000), reported by Laurie P. Cohen. The military was sitting on a $1 billion stockpile of drugs and facing the daunting process of destroying and replacing its supply every 2 to 3 years, so it began a testing program to see if it could extend the life of its inventory. The testing, conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ultimately covered more than 100 drugs, prescription and over-the-counter. The results showed that about 90% of them were safe and effective as far as 15 years past their original expiration date. It may have lost some of it's potency but it will still be effective. Hope this helps!
Is there a date on the bottle that says good until? I just checked my bottle and it is a year from the date it was filled
Hope this Helps
most medications have a shelf life of 1 year but there have been studies to show that some meds are good untill 2 years. (for MOST medications the only difference if it is past the exp date is the pills lose effectiveness so you might want to see if the pharmacist knows if thats the case with these)
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