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02-03-2019 02:00 PM
My Dr once told me most medicines don't go 'bad'...they just loose their potency after awhile.
It does though (probably) depend on the medicine. If in question call your Dr and talk to the pharmacist.
I call my pharmacist if I have any questions. I've been given some medicines they've never heard of but they do the research and let me know the answer to my question.
Again, the Dr is the best person to answer any and all questions about medication THEY prescribed.
02-03-2019 02:04 PM - edited 02-03-2019 03:52 PM
I don’t know about frozen pills although I imagine they’d be OK. My primary care doctor told me not to worry about those expiration dates. My dermatologist told me the same thing about prescription creams and ointments
02-03-2019 03:02 PM
Why call the Dr who prescribed it? The Pharmacist knows more about drugs than the Dr. If it werent for my Pharmacist, I would have had a lot of problems from a drug my Dr prescribe which would have counteract with another drug that my Dr previously prescribed.
I would take both (the one from last year and then the one that was left out in the cold).
The OP said that pharmacist told her that there is no harm in taking it but may not be effective. That is information that I would want my prescriber to know.
02-03-2019 03:17 PM - edited 02-03-2019 03:20 PM
To clarify medication expiration dates, they are NOT sell by dates. They are the date the medication started to lose potency after several controlled studies which are a requirement of the FDA drug approval process.
The expired one is only a month gone so probably has about 90% or more of its effectiveness left. It will slowly lose more as time goes on. Temperature can and does affect ingredients so go with the pharmacist that it could have made the new drug inert and be totally worthless.
I'd go with expired since you know there is potency there albeit potentially slightly less than full strength.
02-03-2019 05:01 PM
@FranandZoe JMO, I would take either one. If it was a heart medication, I might check with my Dr., but Lipitor even if not as effective, probably won't adversely affect your health in just one month.
02-03-2019 07:08 PM
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