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Old 11-20-2007, 08:16 PM   #1
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Question Retin-A Expired

I am currently using Retin-A that expired in July. I can't get more until January (I just started a new job and my medical insurance doesn't go into effect until then). Will the expired Retin-A still work? Does it become slightly less effective or totally ineffective after expiration? Thanks.

 
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Old 11-21-2007, 04:07 PM   #2
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Re: Retin-A Expired

Hi
It won't be totally ineffective, but will of course lose some of it's potency. Only reason I am stating this is because I use Tazorac which is basically pretty similar except it's stronger and more effective on me, and I was in a similar situation last year, where it had expired but the derm told me I was able to continue to use it... None the less, it still worked.. Hope this helps. GOOD LUCK

 
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Old 11-22-2007, 08:55 PM   #3
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Re: Retin-A Expired

drugs generaly have an expirey daye equal to when it is expected that 10% of the active constituent will have degraded.... so you probably wont notice any difference over the next few months!

 
Old 11-24-2007, 03:19 AM   #4
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Cool Re: Retin-A Expired

My daughter's Doctor office gave us a lot of little sample tubes. Have you asked your Doctor about that until you can visit and get a prescription after the first of the year? Our Doctor was good about putting samples aside and stuff and I know it helped (just with the expense of Retin-A WITH insurance). Every little bit helps!

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Old 11-24-2007, 10:25 AM   #5
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Re: Retin-A Expired

Call your pharmacist (or any pharmacist) and ask them.

It should be fine, but some drugs (like the antibiotic minocycline) actually get stronger and toxic if expired.

So make a two minute phone call and you'll know for sure!

 
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