Can you take expired medicine?

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You go to your local Costco, and see that they sell GIANT BOTTLES of medicine for a much cheaper than if you were to get it at your local pharmacy….naturally, you grab it since it makes sense financially.

You take it home and store it in your medicine cabinet, feeling good that you have all the medicine you need for any pain/redness ect..

Fast forward a year + later, these bottles of medicine are untouched (yay! You’re been doing very well and haven’t need to take the meds)…..well the next morning, you wake with a huge migraine, time to go to your medicine cabinet and reach for your Tylenol!

Uh oh…it says that the medicine has been expired! Should you take it? is it safe? Do you need to throw it away?

But it’s such a waste!

Ahh…all these emotions over a bottle of expired medicine.

Did you know that in 1979, the U.S Food and Drug Administration began requiring an expiration date on both prescribed and OTC medicines. The expiration date is a critical part of deciding if the product is safe to use and will work efficiently. Once the expiration date has passed there is no guarantee that the medicine will be safe and effective. If your medicine has expired, do not use it.

It is extremely risky to take expired medicine due to it being less effective and also due to a change in chemical composition and decreases in strength. Expired medications are also at risk of bacterial growth and sub-potent antibiotics can fail to treat infections, leading to more serious illnesses and antibiotic resistance.

My advice? Skip out on medicine bottles that contain large quantity of pills. Purchase smaller amount. Make sure you read the expiration date label and properly dispose expired medicines.