Can we still consume medicine that expires after 1 week?
September 6, 2010 4:15pm CST
Some says you can still consume them. but some says don't. I'm confused..
10 Sep 10
It really depends on the medication you are talking about because there are some kinds of medication that easily wears out just days after expiration. And really be very careful of taking medications way beyond their expiry date because some cause other reaction than the desired effect. Better ask your doctor who prescribed that medication to you, if you can still use it though.
7 Sep 10
The early respondents to this topic are all right. Think safety. Don't risk your health thinking of some amount of money you can save by taking in medicines that are already expired. If not, you may end up spending more money than you think!
6 Sep 10
I guess it would really depend on the type of medicine, but you should ask a doctor or pharmacist about it because they know better. However, as for mer, once something expires, irregardless of the number of days, I would not consume it anymore. I would rather be safe than sorry.
• United States
6 Sep 10
Depends on what kind of medicine you're talking about. If you mean pills, most pills are actually effective up to a year after the expiration date. If you're talking about something like an antibiotic that was reconstituted for use, then no. It loses effectiveness shortly after being mixed, usually within a few weeks, and any extra should be thrown away.