I don't believe many of us here would fall prey to this kind of mistake (we've become far too experienced facing all the kinds of medical situations that we have had to face), but it's the sort of thing that's always good to be reminded of once in a while.
Below is a recent article from the AARP website with some eye-
opening facts about
expired medications that you may have in your medicine cabinet, facts that you may not have known (I didn't).
The main point of the article is that some expired meds may not just be no longer effective, but taking them in some cases may actually be dangerous.
From the article:"If the drug is an over-the-counter product for minor aches and pains, you may not get 100 percent of the benefits if the expiration date has passed, but it's not dangerous,""However, for people taking medications for chronic or life-threatening illnesses, such as heart conditions, seizures, COPD, or severe allergies, a drug that's not completely effective can be downright dangerous"
Especially concerning:"Using ophthalmic (eye) drops past their expiration date could be dangerous because of the high risk for bacterial growth. You could risk losing your vision from contaminated drops"
The article provides a link to a list of the kinds of meds that should never be used post-expiration date. Also, the distinction between "Use by" date and "Expiration" date is explained:"The expiration date is the one legally required to be on the original large container the pharmacist receives for dispensing drugs. The "discard after" or "do not use after" date on bottles or packages given to patients is often for a shorter time — generally a year after dispensing — because of safety reasons once the drug is no longer being stored at the pharmacy."
The article also reminds us never to flush unused medications into the water system, but to dispose of them properly. It also suggests checking the medicine cabinet every six months and removing and properly disposing of expired meds.
Some good things to know.www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-2015/expired-medication.html?cmp=EMC-DSO-NLC-WBLTR---MCTRL-021216-TS1-1079285&ET_Cid=1079285&ET_Rid=10237846&encparam=qXzQrj/BlB8IoUStt7OqUQ==
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