Can you take Lyrica/pregabalin that is expired in 2015 so about 4 years old? (25 mg, possibly multiple)
No don't the pill can go bad after 1 year after all the pills that I have to take I would say don't do it put it in the trash
No it's not safe to take expired medication. Age changes the chemical workup of a medicine. Please destroy this drug responsibly so that it doesn't get back into our water supplies. The pharmacy carries kits now in several sizes in case you have several different drugs to dispose of and some police departments will accept them. Pharmacies can no longer destroy them. God bless.
The active ingredient loses potency over time, therefore the stated dosage will not be accurate after the expiration date on the manufacturer bottle. Keep in mind that your pharmacy is required to advise you to discard 1 year after your prescription was filled, yet the actual expiration date on the your prescription bottle is not the same as the manufacturer bottle. I personally will take medications up to 6 months after the date on the pharmacy bottle, then discard.
I can't speak to Lyrica, but a study scientist attested that there has been no recorded instance of any harm from expired drugs in medical literature.
A Harvard Medical School report says that a military study found that 90% of more than 100 drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, were perfectly good to use even 15 years after the expiration date. Excluding nitroglycerin, insulin, and liquid antibiotics, most medications are as long-lasting as the ones tested by the military. Online search for expired medications and U.S. Army, and you will find a lot of articles about the long lasting state of medications.
I find potency with pills many years later. I do not want to trust antibiotics, liquid, inhaling or non-pill medications. But even EpiPens supplied by consumers that could have been left in steamy bathrooms or poor conditions, most had 90% of their effectiveness. All of them had 80% of the drug in them. The takeaway? An expired EpiPen may be better than nothing.
Throwing out medications that are still potent costs about $765 billion a year –as much as a quarter of all the country's health care spending. With the high cost of medications, I save a lot of money by using expired medications.
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