With a pounding headache you reach into your medicine cabinet for some aspirin and realize the expiration date on the bottle passed … quite a while ago. Do you take it? Will it be a fatal mistake or will you simply continue to suffer?
One of the questions I get asked the most by patients is: “Should they take expired medication or throw it out?” This information is very important for two reasons: A.) There are some medications that should not be used past their expiration dates and B.) Medications can be expensive and habitually replacing expired but unused drugs can get costly.
What does the expiration date mean?
Let me first start by explaining what the expiration date means. (more…)