Aside from using someone's else's medications, which others have cautioned about already, taking medications after their expiration date can cause problems . Some medications can loose their potency, which means that they won't be as strong as they were while still within their life expectancy, but others increase in potency and can also have the additives in them break down or otherwise go bad and can cause an overdose.
It is never a good idea to keep medications past their expiration date. Any one having medications past their expirations, previous prescriptions that they didn't finish, should take them to their pharmacist to dispose of.
Also , anyone who is in pain management needs to keep in mind that taking old prescriptions, even ones previously prescribed to you, can get you into serious trouble with your PM, just as going to another doctor can. Most PM's feel that if you take an old or previous script that they have given you, or another doctor has given you, that you are violating your contract and that can get your dismissed from PM altogther. Be careful guys, I don't want to see anyone get into trouble.
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too