Gabapentin Expiration

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Cindy Says:


I've heard that gabapentin has a shelf life of five years after expiration. Most pharmacists have to put a earlier expiration date on them however. And even if gabapentin is expired they pose no risk noe so they become toxic. Maybe they'll lose some of their effectiveness, but that's it.



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Verwon Says:

Hello, Cindy! How are you?

Yes, that information is correct and no, they do not become toxic. Once the pharmacy breaks the seal on the original factory bottle, they are required, by the FDA, to put a one year expiration date on the dispensing bottle, because that is the longest time the manufacturers can guarantee their full efficacy under average storage conditions, in someone's home.

The 4 to 5 years is under ideal storage conditions, where they aren't exposed to the elements that can cause degradation, such as heat, light, and moisture. But, given that most people store them in a bathroom medicine cabinet, which doesn't eliminate all of those, or in a kitchen cabinet, which also doesn't eliminate them, there's no way to be sure how bad they will degrade after that first year.

Thus, if you store your medications somewhere else, such as on a shelf in your bedroom, like my husband and I do, or in a chest of drawers in her bedroom, as my mother-in-law does, they will not likely experience as much degradation. Only your doctor can advise you if you can still take them, I can only lay out the facts.

Is there anything I can help with?



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