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Old 11-28-2003, 08:20 PM   #1
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Question expired prescriptions good for how long?

I have some unfinished prescriptions from a few years ago that I never threw out. Just out of curiousity, how long do prescription drugs keep their potency?

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Old 11-29-2003, 02:38 AM   #2
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Re: expired prescriptions good for how long?

It depends on the drug and how you store it. Medication should always be stored in a cool, dry, dark area (like a medicine cabinet). Factors such as light, moisture, and heat can result in decreased (or zero) efficacy. With drugs like pain medication, this is not such a big deal, and I've seen people (and clinics) use medication up to 6-12 months past the expiration date. I wouldn't try it with birth control though...

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I have some unfinished prescriptions from a few years ago that I never threw out. Just out of curiousity, how long do prescription drugs keep their potency?

 
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Old 11-29-2003, 07:38 AM   #3
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Re: expired prescriptions good for how long?

It totally depends on the drug. Some chemicals degrade faster than others.

 
Old 11-29-2003, 09:15 AM   #4
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Re: expired prescriptions good for how long?

The medication I was wondering about is Adderall. I used to take it for ADHD. It's kind of like Ritalin. I think it's 2 years old. Would it have any effect on me now?

 
Old 11-29-2003, 11:00 AM   #5
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Re: expired prescriptions good for how long?

I would call your pharmacy and ask a pharmacist....that is there expertise. I wouldn't use it until speaking with a professional.

 
Old 11-29-2003, 03:33 PM   #6
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Re: expired prescriptions good for how long?

I agree with the above post.

 
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