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Jose Alcazar Says:
 
Have been taking 20mg pills split into 4 pieces. The pills are expired from 2010. I'm taking the taper off 6- to 1 portions per day. It dosen't seem to be taking effect although it has worked in the past. Have bronchial infection. I guess I should call the doc or pharmacy

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David Says:
 
As far as expired meds go, 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.

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

It's possible that it may still be effective, but my personal assumption is that it lost a good percentage of its potency by now, having been 3 years old.

When was the last time you tried taking it?

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Mikki Says:
 
I have bronchial asthma, but rarely have attacks. My last was 18 months ago. I take only as much prednisone as I need to alleviate some of the swelling, usually about half of the prescribed dose, just to keep the side effects lower. I had kept the other half luckily in my medicine cabinet.

Two days ago, I started a flare-up. No insurance as I am in the 90 day contingency period on my job. I found the remaining prednisone pills 20 mg in my med cabinet, about 6 left, and took one and a half pills this morning. I'm already feeling better. My inhaler seems to be getting in deeper and the spastic coughing is already a lot better. Clearly the efficacy of the meds is still very good 6 months after the stated expiration.

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