It was prescribed to be me six years ago due to chronic menstrual pain. The pills seem to be in good shape, they’re not discolored or crumbly. Can I take them?
Yes, as long as the Tramadol pills were kept in a sealed medication bottle & in a dry area/shelf they'll be safe to take.
On a final note, keep in mind the Tramadol pills may not be as strong as they once were.
Taking expired medications isn’t typically a matter of safety concern but rather a matter of its effectiveness after long periods of storage.
The expiration date is just a guide for “freshness” so to speak. As long as the medication was stored in the original prescription bottle and not subjected to harsh conditions such as extreme temperatures and moisture it will most likely work just fine.
I will let you know if you have drug testing for a job or have a expired prescription on your person that is considered invalid and you can technically “fail” a drug screen for expired medications even though it was originally your own medicine, it is only considered valid for one year after the date on the label.
Hope you feels better soon.
- Tramadol Information for Consumers
- Tramadol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tramadol (detailed)
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