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Old 11-03-2008, 19:18
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Hi

Is it a bad thing if one takes some tablets (for allergies etc..) that have been out of date for about a year ?

Would they be dangerous if taken after the expiry date ?

If not, will they still work ?

I know the effectiveness of them might have 'gone' slightly, but would they be at least part-effective ?


Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-03-2008, 19:32
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Yes, yes, bad thing. My friend took antihistamines that had only been out of date for a month or so and she had to see an emergency doctor to get hyper strength pills to counteract the illness she got from it. The expiry date isn't just there to fill space, you know.
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Old 11-03-2008, 19:32
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Yes, yes, bad thing. My friend took antihistamines that had only been out of date for a month or so and she had to see an emergency doctor to get hyper strength pills to counteract the illness she got from it. The expiry date isn't just there to fill space, you know.
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Old 11-03-2008, 19:33
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Yes, yes, bad thing. My friend took antihistamines that had only been out of date for a month or so and she had to see an emergency doctor to get hyper strength pills to counteract the illness she got from it. The expiry date isn't just there to fill space, you know.
what illness did she get from them?
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Old 11-03-2008, 19:35
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I'm not sure. She took some antihistamines and used out of date antihistamine cream as well, not realising that both were out of date until afterwards. She got a really severe rash and she 'felt ill' somehow. This was at least a year ago (and my friend was in another country at the same time) so I don't know exactly. She had to get pills and another cream to counteract it.

That said, I must admit that I have been guilty of accidentally using an asthma inhaler that's been out of date for a year and it worked... and I didn't die...
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Old 11-03-2008, 19:45
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Medicines can start to degrade when they get old, which is why they have an expiry date. This means that not only do they lose efficacy as the active ingredients break down, but that those ingredients leave behind breakdown products which might be absolutely harmless, but (as appears to have been the case for Psychosis' friend) can also be toxic. Only a qualified doctor or pharmacist can tell you what group any given drug falls into, so the rule is never take out of date medicines!
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Old 11-03-2008, 21:24
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worst case scenario:

death.
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Old 11-03-2008, 22:28
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worst case scenario:

death.
Oh well thats alright then...nothing serious

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Old 12-03-2008, 00:11
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The reason you should not take medicine past the expiration date is just that they lose their effectiveness past a certain period. Normally it's not a big deal past something just not working as well, but in some cases like heart medicine or something when the drug is crucial to keeping alive then it could be bad.. or antibiotics because it could be like giving the infection just enough of a low dose to build up an immunity and cause a super infection.

Psychosis, that's just odd.. I don't know what happened with your friend, but it wasn't a result of having it outdated.. besides they put dates way before they think it will really become ineffective to be safe. It's not like one day it's good and the next it's not. Bad coincidence or whatever.
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Old 12-03-2008, 00:43
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Bad coincidence? Or, it actually happened. She ingested a pill that usually works perfectly and used cream. Huge coincidence that she had internal problems and skin problems afterwards and that the doctor knew exactly why and treated her perfectly for it?
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:33
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Hi

Is it a bad thing if one takes some tablets (for allergies etc..) that have been out of date for about a year ?

Would they be dangerous if taken after the expiry date ?

If not, will they still work ?

I know the effectiveness of them might have 'gone' slightly, but would they be at least part-effective ?


Thanks in advance.
I'm no doctor but I'm pretty sure you would die.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:59
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Er, thanks...
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Old 12-03-2008, 15:01
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Hi

Is it a bad thing if one takes some tablets (for allergies etc..) that have been out of date for about a year ?

Would they be dangerous if taken after the expiry date ?

If not, will they still work ?

I know the effectiveness of them might have 'gone' slightly, but would they be at least part-effective ?


Thanks in advance.
I am sorry but, did you really need to ask this? Its common sense that you dont take any medicine after its sell by date.
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Old 12-03-2008, 20:52
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The reason you should not take medicine past the expiration date is just that they lose their effectiveness past a certain period. Normally it's not a big deal past something just not working as well, but in some cases like heart medicine or something when the drug is crucial to keeping alive then it could be bad.. or antibiotics because it could be like giving the infection just enough of a low dose to build up an immunity and cause a super infection.

Psychosis, that's just odd.. I don't know what happened with your friend, but it wasn't a result of having it outdated.. besides they put dates way before they think it will really become ineffective to be safe. It's not like one day it's good and the next it's not. Bad coincidence or whatever.
That's not true; out of date medicines can be and are dangerous.
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Old 12-03-2008, 21:10
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What if a Viagra tablet has expired?
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Old 12-03-2008, 21:15
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What if a Viagra tablet has expired?
The consequences would be fatal but you could have "STIFF AT LAST" on ones gravestone
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