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08-18-2010, 08:27 AM #1
How long does medicine stay good for?
Last night I woke up with a bad pain in my shoulder. I must have overworked myself this weekend and earlier this week. Anyhow, I took a ALeve and laid back down to sleep. This morning, after taking a long hot shower, I noticed the Aleve bottle. To my amazement the medicine went out of date over a year ago.
I guess the Aleve worked, my shoulder doesn't hurt as much today and I got somewhat of a good nights sleep. Still, after reading the bottles expiration date, I have to wonder how long does medicine last before it does go out of date and becomes non-effective.
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08-18-2010, 10:20 AM #2
I think if pills are stored in a cool dry place, a long time. Less for liquids.
08-18-2010, 01:25 PM #3Gold Bullet with Oak clusters member
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Depends on what medicine. Some merely lose effectiveness. Others like tetracycline antibiotics will hurt you if they go bad. Keep all meds in the fridge for long storage.
08-18-2010, 04:23 PM #4
According to my wife the nurse, different medications have different shelf lifes. Each will usually have a use by date on the label. After that date it is a crapshoot if it will be good and for how long. It will last longer, but how much longer is the thing you do not know.
As noted, some will actually do harm if used after it "turns bad" so be careful with shelf lives.
08-18-2010, 04:28 PM #5Senior Member
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I RECENTLY USED ANTACIDS 10 YEARS OLD STILL WORKED
IVE USED IBUPROFEN 5+ YEARS PAST EXPIRATION i OFTEN
BUY OVER THE COUNTER MEDS AT FLEA MARKETS FOR A
FRACTION OF STORE PRICES. I FOUND THAT IT WORKS FOR
YEARS AFTER EXP DATE
ANTIBACTERIAL OINTMENT ALSO LASTS A LONG LONG TIME
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08-19-2010, 01:39 PM #6Copper Bullet member
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STORAGE conditions ... Many are temperature and/or humidity sensitive. Some deteriorate and break down rapidly when stored outside their specified temperature range. Once a container is opened, it is no longer sealed air tight. Exposure to humidity or oxygen can cause rapid deterioration. That open half empty bottle that has been sitting in the medicine cabinet for several years needs to go ...
On the other hand, many sealed containers can last far beyond the expiration date. Like old canned goods on the shelf, it can be a crap shoot.
You may think that expiration date is just a marketing means to get you to continue to buy new but, as noted, some can become dangerous if stored outside specifications. You can always look up detailed information from the maker as the "fine print" about expiration and storage is usually listed in their MDS.
08-20-2010, 05:04 AM #7
You can keep most medications a loooooong time after their expiration date.
The FDA requires that a manufacturer list as the expiration date of a medication the date, assuming the medication is properly stored, when it is predicted to lose 5% of its effectiveness. That of course means that 95% is still good.
There are a small number of exceptions, but this holds true for most meds.Geal ‘us dearg a suas!
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08-29-2010, 01:00 AM #8
+1 on refrigeration. I use one of the lower drawers in my fridge for Rx storage. Nothing really ever goes out of date if I rotate stock, but lower temperature delays chemical degradation.
08-29-2010, 08:58 AM #9
I would go for it in shtf day
Once read that the drug co. Help set the exp. Dates, not so much for law suits but profit potentials.
Cool dry vacuumed pack who knows but sick or live death situation what do you got to lose?<><dk