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Anonymous asked in HealthAlternative Medicine · 1 decade ago

What happens if you take a pill over a month old?

I heard that pills go outdated after a month. What would happen if someone took a pill over a month old? Would it just not have any effects, would they like get sick, or is it just a myth?

Update:

To clear up the confusion, I can't exatly ask the pharmacist or check the bottle as there is none. It's an xtc pill.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Im not 100% sure, but I wouldnt use expired vitamins or expired oral sprays.. other medications like tynenol and advil and alka seltzer are okay to use..

    heres an excerpt of the article that answers ur question :

    "First, the expiration date, required by law in the United States, beginning in 1979, specifies only the date the manufacturer guarantees the full potency and safety of the drug -- it does not mean how long the drug is actually "good" or safe to use. Second, medical authorities uniformly say it is safe to take drugs past their expiration date -- no matter how "expired" the drugs purportedly are. Except for possibly the rarest of exceptions, you won't get hurt and you certainly won't get killed. A contested example of a rare exception is a case of renal tubular damage purportedly caused by expired tetracycline (reported by G. W. Frimpter and colleagues in JAMA, 1963;184:111). This outcome (disputed by other scientists) was supposedly caused by a chemical transformation of the active ingredient. Third, studies show that expired drugs may lose some of their potency over time, from as little as 5% or less to 50% or more (though usually much less than the latter). Even 10 years after the "expiration date," most drugs have a good deal of their original potency. So wisdom dictates that if your life does depend on an expired drug, and you must have 100% or so of its original strength, you should probably toss it and get a refill, in accordance with the cliché, "better safe than sorry." If your life does not depend on an expired drug -- such as that for headache, hay fever, or menstrual cramps -- take it and see what happens."

    Thomas A. M. Kramer, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

    hope that helps =D

    Source(s): From WedMd - Medscape today http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/460159
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  • 1 decade ago

    I have some pills that I got after surgery 2 years ago and they still work when I need them. I would say that you are more than fine if the pill is only a month old. You will not get sick unless you take more than you should so stick to the amount on the bottle. So yes it is a myth that pills go bad after a month.

    Source(s): life:oD
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  • Rose
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    4 years ago

    Dont listen to the rude comments ! Things like this happen, as long as he's now in the ER and getting help everything should be fine. Your not a bad mother. Sorry i couldnt help on your question, i just thought i had to say something with all these rude comments, ill be praying for u! Best of luck.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I agree with PJ--most pills are good for a year. If you do take a pill that is expired, it will probably not be as effective. It does depend on the type of drug, though.

    If you're talking about an old partial batch of antibiotics, don't use them. You need a full fresh supply to rid you of your malady. A partial (and expired!) dose could make the bacteria come back stronger and be very hard to get rid of.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I don't think that's true. When you take prescription drugs (depending on the type) that are expired it usually has the same as effect as it would if it wasn't, just not near as strong. Pills will not go outdated after a month. You can look on the bottle and find the expiration date.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I graduated as a Medical Assistant. However, we went over Medications ... but not in great detail... What i can tell you that i learned was; Certain pills become stronger with time.. changing the Effects the drug is suposto give off... almost like taking a stronger dose.. Others Do get old.. kinda like milk would.. Im sure you could drink old milk.. but the side effects make you kinda sick. Thats why its always inportant to throw old medication down the toilet! so no one can snoop in trashcans...(junkies, kids etc..) and get ahold of those nasty old pills! hope i helped :)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Pills and just about all medicines are designed to stay usable for long periods of time. There are very few medicines that have a short shelf life, meanly due to the need to refrigerate them. If you're concerned, call your doctor and ask!

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  • Don S
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Pills have expiration dates, surely you have had Tylenol in your bathroom far longer than a month. After the expiration date they may lose some of their potency, but they shouldn't hurt you.

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  • SMB84
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    pills usually are good for up to a year

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  • 1 decade ago

    pills have more shelf life than one month... you'll be alright... every RX/pill bottle has an expiration date on them.. they are still good after that.. but they loose their potency

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  • clarry
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    What kind of pill? Most medication has an expiry date. If you are talking about the 'recreational' type, why does it matter?

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