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Barb Says:
 
I have to have a MRI and have a couple of pills left from my last MRI from 3 years ago can I still use them

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David Says:
 
Hi Barb,

There's actually a lot of conflicting information around the topic of expired medication, but according to a Harvard Medical School family health article, except in rare cases (i.e. tetracycline), there is little chance of danger due to taking medications even up to 15 years beyond their expiration date. This conclusion was based upon a study conducted at the request of the US military due to stockpiles of expensive drugs they could otherwise need to replace every few years. The conclusion was that 90% of those drugs remained effective 10 - 15 years after the expiration date.

But the question is whether or not the drug you have happens to be one of these drugs from the study... (I have not seen the list of drugs used in this study).

Source: health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update1103a.shtml

With that said, I'd personally feel comfortable taking it if I knew that it was stored properly and I had no other treatment options available.

I hope this info helps to add some reassurance! Odds are it may not be as potent, but it should still get the job done.

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