Celebrex Shelf Life

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gail Says:
What is the shelf life of Celebrex capsule 200mg. The date on mine is 5/2/09. They have been kept in the original pharmacy container in a cool dark cabinet. Are they still effective?

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Verwon Says:
When regular prescription tablets and capsules are dispensed, they are required to have a one year shelf life, from the time you get your prescription filled.

That means that yours actually expired on 05/02/10. This doesn't mean that they are dangerous to use, but after that date, they can start to lose potency and not be as effective.

Have you spoken to your doctor? It may be advisable to just get a new prescription, if you still need to use this medication.


Common side effects may include: nausea, drowsiness, stomach irritation and headache.

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dred md Says:
Taking pills that are expired is not dangerous. They may not be as potent as they should be. I have used expired pills and most of the time they work the same.

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Verwon Says:
Just a note, there are some medications that are dangerous if they are past their expiration date, for instance, the antibiotic Tetracycline must be disposed of, once it is expired.

If it is used, when it's expired, it can cause Fanconi Syndrome, which can lead to kidney damage and failure.

Most medications are okay and just lost potency, however, it is always best to check, before using them.


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