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What happens if I take expired medicine?

What happens if I take expired medicine?

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Asked by Howard Reyes, Last updated: Apr 26, 2020

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H. Jones

H. Jones, Web Content Writer, San Antonio,

Answered Sep 26, 2018

Drugs have specific formulations that determine the shell life of the drug. Shell life simply refers to the length of time a drug can be used without a decrease in its potency.

Most drugs have a shelf life that is longer than their expiry date. If you take a medications that has expired, it is most likely that the potency and effectiveness of the medication has decresed. Some drugs retain about 70 - 80% of their potency even after a year or two of expiration.

It is advisable that you stay away from expired medicine. The drug might carry out its functions but full potency is usually lost.

 

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