Bad idea or terrible idea? Taking some expired prednisone

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Tensaiga
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   Posted 8/29/2011 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted your advice on this, trying to make the best of a bad situation.

I'm flaring again, but I have no insurance, no doctor, and I can't afford another trip to the Urgent Care. I know what will happen anyway, what always happens, I get prescribed a short regiment of prednisone and maybe some drug I can't actually afford to buy to try and help after the pred.

I have some old prednisone that is expired now from previous prescriptions. Self medicating is generally not smart, especially with pred where you have to taper, but like I said, I feel like I am between a rock and a hard place. Is expired prednisone actually dangerous at all? Or would it just be less effective? Is this JUST a poor course of action or is this legitimately worse than trying to somehow deal with a $500 bill I can't afford again?

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   Posted 8/29/2011 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
How old is the Pred? I know in an emergency I took some expired Pred once, but....I also just took it until I could get into the doc. Do you have an old doc, you could call and ask maybe to have some Pred called in for you? Maybe you could explain your lack of insurance and that would help. Hugs!
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   Posted 8/29/2011 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
That's a tough situation. How old is the pred? The general rule of thumb is 1 year, but your pharmacist will know for sure. I think you should call your pharmacist and verify the expiration and the risks if you take it.

I hope you feel better soon!
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Roni
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   Posted 8/29/2011 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
And I also agree with Nanners—if you can't get the flare under control quickly, you're going to have see a doc. Leaving the illness untreated could lead to serious complications.
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ozonehole
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   Posted 8/30/2011 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
While I won't pretend to be a doctor, I feel confident enough from experience to say that taking almost any expired drug is not any more dangerous than one fresh from the pharmacy. It may, however, be less effective, but that depends on how it's been stored.

In general, heat, light and humidity gradually cause most drugs to break down, which is why it often says on the label "store in a cool, dry place." However, drugs are not like food - it doesn't go moldy, spoil and poison you just because it's beyond the expiration date. I wouldn't eat canned tuna that was 3 years beyond its expiration date, but I wouldn't hesitate to take a drug that old if it was all I had available and I needed it.

Now, whether or not it's a good idea for you to be taking pred at all is quite another question. I can't answer that. Pred is generally quite effective, but the side effects can be severe, and the longer you take it, the greater the risk. You've taken it before, so I assume you already know how it affects you. Possibly there is another drug that might be better, possibly you are in need of surgery, but probably (from what you've said) you can't afford those options. At the end of the day, it's your call. And I wish I could be more helpful.
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