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Expired OTC Medication
« on: November 08, 2020, 10:14:22 PM »
How long past the expiration date would you use expired medication? 3 months? 6 months? A year?

I'm referring to non prescription, brand name OTC products like Tylenol, Advil, Sudafed, etc where is no adverse health risk.

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Re: Expired OTC Medication
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2020, 10:28:43 PM »
How long past the expiration date would you use expired medication? 3 months? 6 months? A year?

I'm referring to non prescription, brand name OTC products like Tylenol, Advil, Sudafed, etc where is no adverse health risk.
I find my local pharmacists know the answers to these questions.  Some meds just lose potency, while others can be dangerous.  There is always a fudge factor built in (think law suits).

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Re: Expired OTC Medication
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2020, 10:30:09 PM »
100 years
it just loses potency over the years

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7040264/

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Re: Expired OTC Medication
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2020, 11:27:27 PM »
I've heard that most things can be used until 1 year after the expiration date with no ramifications, and to toss after a year. Don't remember where I heard it from, but that's what I usually do.
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Re: Expired OTC Medication
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2020, 12:50:09 AM »
Even creams?

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   I guess you'll know pretty fast if those work out or not, or it might work but not to its full potential.
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Re: Expired OTC Medication
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2020, 01:26:44 AM »
How long past the expiration date would you use expired medication? 3 months? 6 months? A year?

I'm referring to non prescription, brand name OTC products like Tylenol, Advil, Sudafed, etc where is no adverse health risk.
Even in situations with a likely minimal health risk, you probably should generally try to avoid getting medical advice on an online forum. (Although I realize you aren't necessarily asking for advice but just asking what people do, but still...)

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Re: Expired OTC Medication
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2020, 02:24:44 AM »
I use pill comfortably for about a year after their expiration date.
But since medicines lose potency over time, I can't use them reliably if they're too old.  ie. If I still have pain after taking the usual amount, do I have something serious wrong, or did I just take too small a dose of active ingredient?
Cream I almost never check for an expiration date.  It's rarely dangerous to put on more than recommended.


[Different topic:  Never overdose on tylenol/ acetaminophen (it's dangerous to the liver).  for example, if you take a cold medication with tylenol, don't take more tylenol ]