Drug Expiration

jimmy ross Says:

Is it dangerous to take generic Vicodin ES after it has expired? I have an old prescription and was just wondering what might happen. Does it lose its effect, or become toxic?

7 Replies

Earliest Newest Votes
Dr. Bronner Says:

Never take expired prescriptions. There is a reason that there IS an Expiration Date on them. Not only do they LOSE all potency to help the issue, but the expired pills will surely affect your liver in a toxic way. This is serious.

Was this helpful? 0
Roy Says:

Thank you Dr Bronner for the clarification. This is a subject which has been widely debated because some say that certain drugs are okay to take after expiration, whereas others such as antibiotics become toxic. I agree with you that it's better to avoid the expired drugs and stay on the safe side.

Was this helpful? 0
David Weaver Says:

I am engaged to a lovely woman of whom she is part of a family that believes that expiration dates (both for medicine and food) are put there intentionally by the respective industries to force you to buy more of their product after it has expired. Can you please provide in detail the reasons for the expirations, particulary about the toxicity of a medication that has gone past it's expiration date?

Was this helpful? 0
im dead Says:

Poop, I just took 8 lortab 10s that are 3 years old

Was this helpful? 0
Spike Says:

My mom gives me all her old scripts and I've taken 5 yr old somas and pain pills they r just fine to me.

Was this helpful? 0
pat Says:

I have 7 yr.old hydrocodone/acet 7.5/500 and wondered if the drug is dangerous or just lost its strength

Was this helpful? 0
Hersey K Says:

Seems that there are valid studies that contradict you.

"What they found from the study is 90% of more than 100 drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, were perfectly good to use even 15 years after the expiration date." - health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update1103a.shtml

Was this helpful? 0

More Discussions:

Drug Expiration Date After Fill Quetiapine Fumarate

When will 50 mg of quetiapine fumarate expire once the prescription is filled? ## Based on my research, Quetiapine fumar...

drug expirations

I would like to know if Hydroco/apap 10-500mg tablets are still good after a year and for how long they are good. ## Med...

Expiration of drugs

I have xanax from 2010 can you tell me if they are still ok to use? ## Hello, Doreen! How are you? They don't become...

Expiration of Hydrocodone

I have Hydrocodone that was prescribed in March, 2003 is it still effective ## yes it is still good. ## NO THEY EXPIRE J...

expiration date 10/13 meloxicam

Meloxicam 7.5mg expired 10/13 is it ok to take. Thank you ## Hi Babe! Medications can b expired for years and still b sa...

expiration date of doxycycline

I have doxy that was mixed on 5/14/2014 by my vet. Its only a little over 30 days old and I use it for the kittens that ...

expiration of sulfamethoxazole

Hi, I have some sulfamethoxazole 800/160mg and the prescribed date was 9/17/2013 and I was wondering if it is ok to stil...

expiration of tizanidine

Found a bottle of tizanidine filled in 2015. Will it be safe to take? If so, will it still work? Also can you take seroq...

expiration date for metoprolol sandoz

I have a bottle of metoprolol 50 mg sandoz that was filled on 4/29/2008. Is it bad to use? It's 8 years old. Does it...

expiration of medication

i would like to know if anyone know how long mepergan is good for. i have some from february of 2007 and i have been pre...