The expiration date of a drug or medicine is the final day that the manufacturer guarantees the full potency and safety of a medication. Once it's past that date, it is ideal to stop using them to avoid any problems or complications to your health. A lot of people are tempted to keep using expired drugs because it is too expensive to purchase. But then, not at the risk of your own life. Besides, once a drug expires, the chemical component changes, the liquid ones might change colours or settles at the bottom. Once these happens, they are no more effective, they can worsen your situation rather than help.
Everyday at different part of the world, doctors prescribes medications for their patients for one illness or the other. Some of these medications are for fighting infections, relieve pain or to treat some underlying sicknesses.
It is important to watch out for the expiry date of every medications you receive at the hospital or pharmacy. A lot of times, people ignore to check, they might have taken a dose or two before finding out. Also, liquid suspension medications are vulnerable to contamination from bacteria and fungus. Antibiotics are worse when they expires, the same with eye drops. So be at alert always.
Note that almost all expired drugs loses its potency once it's past the expiry date. The best thing to do at this point is to crush them (especially if you have children around) and dispose in a trash. Remember to always keep all medications out of the reach of children, and in a cool dry place in the house.
The above photo shows different ways you can dispose expired medicines for safety sake.
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