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Expired Hydrocodone.... Safe??

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Old 02-05-2005, 09:41 PM   #1
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Expired Hydrocodone.... Safe??

My father recently told me that he has an old hydrocodone Rx from 1999 (about 20 pills left). He takes them every once in a while for back pain. My question is... are these meds too old for him to take? What are the dangers?

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Old 02-06-2005, 01:12 PM   #2
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Re: Expired Hydrocodone.... Safe??

I read somewhere that the only real problem to be concerning is that they might lose strength. Check with the pharmacist.

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Old 02-06-2005, 08:18 PM   #3
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Re: Expired Hydrocodone.... Safe??

It is probably best to just throw them away and have him go back to his doctor for new medicine and evaluation.

Old 02-07-2005, 08:47 AM   #4
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Re: Expired Hydrocodone.... Safe??

I must agree with myspine. Throw them out and have him talk to his doctor if he is having pain.
I have heard that some meds have a chemical change after time, don't know if hydro is one. Also, they are of course not as strong as when first prescribed like carol632 stated first.
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