When Expired Meds Are Dangerous

2 Jun

Manufacturers are required by law to stamp an expiration date on medication; it’s the date beyond which they can no longer guarantee the drug’s safety and potency.

Our medical experts say you can keep most medications for up to 12 months past the expiration date, with two exceptions. Antibiotic tetracycline pills should never be taken after they’ve expired, when they can become toxic and cause kidney damage. And expired liquid meds such as nitroglycerin, insulin, and injectable drugs such as epinephrine (think EpiPens) should be replaced immediately upon expiration because drugs in liquid form lose potency beyond the expiration date and might not work well or at all.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health May 2018

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