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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.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    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 nothing

    Source(s): medical school.
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  • 4 years ago


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    • JT in DC4 years agoReport

      You're lying and are a greedy fear monger. If your father is a doctor only worried about helping people.

      Herpes does not literally "make your head explode."

      Where are your sources/references?

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  • 4 years ago


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    4 years ago


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    3 years ago


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  • Alli
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    1 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.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hi there,

    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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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    There are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both virus types can cause sores around the mouth (herpes labialis) and on the genitals (genital herpes). Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).

    Cold sores sometimes called fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen, and sore. The blisters may break open, leak a clear fluid, and then scab over after a few days. They usually heal in several days to 2 weeks.

    The herpes simplex virus usually enters the body through a break in the skin around or inside the mouth. It is usually spread when a person touches a cold sore or touches infected fluid—such as from sharing eating utensils or razors, kissing an infected person, or touching that person's saliva. A parent who has a cold sore often spreads the infection to his or her child in this way. Cold sores can also be spread to other areas of the body.

    Luckly there is a cure for herpes

    • JT in DC4 years agoReport

      There is no "cure" for herpes.

      You're lying.

      It can be controlled and suppressed, but there is no cure.

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  • 5 years ago

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    • JT in DC4 years agoReport

      There is no "cure" for herpes which therefore makes you a liar.

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  • 6 years ago

    Herpes-Family Viruses never go away. There are other strains than the ones which cause oral and genital sores. Chicken Pox, Epstein-Barr, CMV and HHV-6 can all go latent only to rear their ugly heads when on gets injured or run down. Many appear to recover from Mono only to carry high titres of it all their lives and continue to have relapses. I'd hate to have people think that Herpes only causes sores.

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