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Old 12-18-2010, 12:35 AM   #1
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If so,what goes wrong with them?I have some old pills of mine,I found,that I thought I threw away.They looked brand new after 3-5 years in the bottle.There was no smell when opening the bottles,and no mold or any discoloring I could see.

These are not antibiotics either so what makes them go bad if they sat in the bottles a few years and look exactly the same as new ones do?
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And if so, what do they turn into?
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Expired = Trash. IMO
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A few months, should be fine. A few years, not so much.
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Everything has a a half life - you are probably down to 124th life by now.
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Why yes, ALL drugs INSTANTLY within less than a billionth of a second become inert on the expiration date!!!
Drugs have various effects vs time passing. Expired drugs should not be flushed down the toilet or even thrown in the trash because they wind up in our water supply. Old drugs need to be taken to a hazardous waste collection site.
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Expired drugs should not be flushed down the toilet or even thrown in the trash because they wind up in our water supply.
Hmmm. That could explain a lot of things.....

Some drugs lose part of their effectiveness once out of date. You should check with a pharmacist. That expired Viagra should be good for half woody though.
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Drugs have various effects vs time passing. Expired drugs should not be flushed down the toilet or even thrown in the trash because they wind up in our water supply. Old drugs need to be taken to a hazardous waste collection site.
What?....you want all the fishies going through withdrawl, ya big meany....
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To the best of my knowledge, pills don't go "bad" they just lose their potency. Pop them ****'s...
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have you been unable to maintain an erection?
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My doctor told me that expiration dates are BS, just a ploy that the drug companies pull to get you to throw out your pills.
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yep, lose potency.
I use them many years past date and still
fine.
Even gov Oks them past date in case of Nuke war
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have you been unable to maintain an erection?
I accidentally for more than 4 hours. Is that bad?
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I heard pennicillian (SP) goes bad, most others do not.
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I accidentally for more than 4 hours. Is that bad?


I'm not surprised you guys turned this into a penile or form of erection pill fest!


The 2 bottles of pills I had,but didn't take more than a few,one was Naproxen for an heel Injury I had,and another,Klonopins for anxiety attacks,from a few years ago.

I'm going to toss them,don't need them,but was curious about shelf life.I guess if one day I need viagra,do I dare ask here?

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Would it surprise you to hear that you can be arrested on a felony charge for possession of prescription drugs beyond their expiration date? Someone here at work just lost their job by testing positive for that.

What do they turn into after they expire? Just another idiotic excuse for evil people to destroy your life... It's the American way
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Would it surprise you to hear that you can be arrested on a felony charge for possession of prescription drugs beyond their expiration date? Someone here at work just lost their job by testing positive for that.

What do they turn into after they expire? Just another idiotic excuse for evil people to destroy your life... It's the American way
Sorry, I do not believe that. How did they know the drugs your co-worker tested positive for were expired?

For instance, my wife has a prescription for Vicodin that clearly says "as needed for pain". While the drugs themselves carry an expiration date, the prescription, and therefore her legal right to use them, has no such date.
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The government REQUIRES all drugs/medicines to have an expiration date. Many of those dates are random, meaning the expiration date has no correlation to effectiveness. Liquid meds do go bad at some point, but solid pills generally have no expiration times.
I've taken aspirin and ibuprofen that I've had for years after they expired and they work very well
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Sorry, I do not believe that. How did they know the drugs your co-worker tested positive for were expired?

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Probably because of the warnings she already got. You think the doctor is going to cover for her?

And it's not just a shelf life expiration date I was referring to. If your prescription says take 1 per day and you get 30 pills your right to possess those pills expires after 30 days. Those are controlled substances. You can be arrested if a cop finds them in your car 2 months later. I read in the news how people are arrested for prescritions in their name on a regular basis. Don't you read the police blotters?
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The government REQUIRES all drugs/medicines to have an expiration date. Many of those dates are random, meaning the expiration date has no correlation to effectiveness. Liquid meds do go bad at some point, but solid pills generally have no expiration times.
I've taken aspirin and ibuprofen that I've had for years after they expired and they work very well
good to know..but too late...I ran across some 800mg ibuprofin last weekend that expired in 05 and trashed them. I'm learning that I should ask here before making the big choices
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