Drug Expiration

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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im dead Says:

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

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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.

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pat Says:

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

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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

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