I have Acyclovir that expired in 2005. I have no choice but to take it because I do not have healty insurance
I know I shouldnt take it but like I said I have no choice. What is the worst that can happen and will it still work.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Unlike expired foods, which can be full of bacteria and fungi after the expiration, most drugs are good for at least 10 years after the expiration date. The reason they don't have longer expiration dates is that drug companies have to prove effectiveness beyond that time, which cost them a lot of time and resources to test. And why would they want to test for longer expiration dates? This doesn't help them at all, only lose profits when people don't throw away drugs anymore to buy new ones.
Many of our expired drugs go overseas, especially to Africa. Many are simply thrown away because we have too much money and paranoia to take expired drugs.
I'm not saying this from a conspiracy theory, either. Got this from a medical professor.
The worse that can happen to you is the med is a little less effective. Since it's Acyclovir, you probably need it, so just take it. It's much better than nothingSource(s): medical school.
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- AlliLv 71 decade ago
Some drugs can become a little toxic once they have expired. Other times the drug just doesn't work because it's lost its potency.
It's not going to kill you if you take it though. Most drugs still work and are still effective even after they have expired.
If I had some horrible disease or infection and I had a choice of either an expired medication or nothing, I would choose the medication.
Also, even if you don't have insurance you can always pay out of pocket. Call your local pharmacy and see how much it would cost you without insurance. You'll still need to get a prescription from the doctor though.
I'm guessing you are taking this for herpes. I also take acyclovir for my genital herpes outbreaks. Outbreaks can heal on their own if you can deal with them. I know they are painful, but they do heal without the medication. Good luck!Source(s): Personal experience. I have had genital herpes for 6+ years. I'm also a certified pharmacy technician for a hospital.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Following an expiration date is important no matter what is in question. The facts are that the item in question has been found that under normal conditions it only remains effective for a set amount of time (a time that can easily be effected by abnormal conditions such as prolonged exposure to heat which can make the item expire sooner). After this time, the item becomes ineffective, meaning it is pointless to even take it, and at times it can even become harmful. Medication is simply no exception.
It has been a common practice for most to ignore the expiration date on their medication. The danger of using expired medication is simply undeniable. Similar to expired foods, expired medication not only loses its effectiveness, it also can become dangerous to use these medications because the chemicals have been altered due to various exposures and these changes can be detrimental to your health. Also very similar to foods, although it may not be deadly, your body won't accept the medication, it won't do what it was intended to do, and it can even make you sick in a variety of ways.
The dangers are only compounded when many over the counter drugstores are selling already or soon to be expiring medication. On average, over the counter medications should be disposed of after six months and prescription medication should be disposed of after a year before they expire. However, when the medication being purchased and the person purchasing the medication isn't careful enough to check the expiration date on the container, the danger is only worsened.
Although it may seem like a simple idea of what not to do, taking expired medication is actually a common practice. It is surprising as to how many people simply never even think to look at the expiration dates on their medication before taking them. If you are taking medication, it is highly recommended that you go through and clean out your medicine cabinet sometime soon and check all of the expiration dates just to be safe.
Hope this helps.
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