Expired Diclofenac

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Bob Says:
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I have diclofenac that was prescribed late 2006 but has no expiry date, is it still safe to use?

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Bob! How are you?

I'm not sure how your country handles drug laws and expiration dates, so I can only provide you with information that I am familiar with from the U.S. FDA.

From their efficacy studies, when left in the original factory sealed containers, it was found to retain full efficacy for 3 years, but once that container was opened and it was dispensed in a pharmacy/chemist's container that exposes it to the elements that cause degradation, that efficacy could only be guaranteed for one year.

Learn more Diclofenac details here.

it was not, however, found to become dangerous after the expiration date, but after so many years, it is most likely worthless and you should just dispose of it.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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Andonis Says:

Diclofenac sodium 75mg expiry date 10 2013 are they safe?

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cathy Says:

I suffer with back problems &I although the doctor took me of declafenac as I had been on so long I have a small stash for bad days but it is now out of date by 3 years, but it is like a comfort blanket to me & know it works new mess not the same ,am I being silly?

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Maggie Says:

Hi i have some Voltarol tablets and the date is 2001, can i still take them for back pain.

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Nancy Says:

Not silly, just addicted. LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR! Voltarin is an NSAID which can do damage to your liver.

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Sandy Says:
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I have just had a severe allergic reaction this morning and an ambulance had to attend. I took one diclofenac tablet which was probably 2 to 3 years old, still sealed and mouth started swelling, difficulty in swallowing and an itchy rash everywhere with a bright red face, also painful indigestion. I have used this drug before with no problem but not for at least 2 years.

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Brenda Says:

I have diclofenac75.mg.expired in Feb.2016..having same pain again .are these still ok to take?

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Padge Says:
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I have 2012 Dyfene 50 mhéid in my drawer. Can I use them for pain in toe relief

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Padge Says:
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I have 2012 Dyfene 50 mg in my drawer. Can I use them for pain in toe relief

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MY employer give me olfen diclopenac 3 x I take IT today wen I take again I'm worried coz expiration Sept.2016 and still I'm not ok I feel cold & headaches 4 days now I'm sick ....thank you for intertaining MY question GODBLESS

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guit30 Says:

This is an ansaid and could upset your stomach. Take an ibuprofen,(motrin), if you can tolerate it, over the counter, you take 2 200 mg tablets. These meds are good, but they could mess up your stomach. I had bad foot pain when I was a mailman, and a podiatrist made me orthotics and gave me a med called Feldene 20 mg twice a day. Took away the pain, but I started having bad stomach pains. Ansaid means non steroidal antiflammatory. Works great, but totally trashed my stomach, cannot even take an aspirin today.

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Dave Says:

Re: Sandy (# 6)

Same thing happened to my wife. She has developed a allergy to nsaids,go and see an allergy expert.

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Brian F Says:
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Re: Nancy (# 5)

Nancy, firstly, it's spelled VOLTAREN!!! Also, that is a completely unnecessary, highly offensive and uneducated answer. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about because VOLTAREN IS NOT AN ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCE THEREFORE YOU CAN NOT GET ADDICTED TO IT!!! ALSO YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO ASSUME SHE IS ADDICTED IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! I mean seriously, does an addict keep their drugs around for that long of an amount of time, not take them and let them get that old? NO, they do not... So please educate yourself before you post in the future, and don't make such highly offensive assumptions. Addiction is not something to be taken lightly The words addicted and addiction should NOT just be thrown around and used so lightly. Also, ALMOST ALL MEDICATIONS are damaging to either your liver, kidneys or and/or stomach lining. And she didn't ask if she needs to go see a doctor. I think it's safe to ASSUME that she already knows that and is probably trying to get some relief 'til then. It's not like everybody has the leisure to just go see a doctor at the drop of a hat. Also a simple yes or no would have sufficed for her question.

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