These 12 kinds of medicines is forbidden to take after the expiry date!

Spring has come, it is time to allergies, and the shelf life of a single bubble Claritin, lying around in your medicine cabinet, expired back in 2012. Can you accept it? Or is it necessary to go to the pharmacy for new tablets, courageously battling with soaring everywhere pollen? < Overdue drugs do not kill you, but there are a few things you need to know.

Of course, if you have a question about a specific tool, you should consult with your doctor. In no case do not suggest that you do not take seriously what it says on the package. We just want to explain that drugs do not deteriorate like the food. They can simply be less effective.

In 1960 there was one case when, after receiving overdue antibiotics, some people started having problems with the kidneys, but the treatment was relatively simple and fast. In addition to this event, expired medicines will never lead to any serious consequences.

The medicines with expired shelf life of some components may lose their properties and so drugs are not as effective. Prior to the expiration of this period, all of the components acting in full force.

However, at the end of the term of the medication can be quite fit for use. The fact is that, if those who produce them want to 100% guarantee that the pills are effective within two years, and they will experience them only for those two years. No one checks what happens to the drug after.

Many drugs are effective, and the expiration date, but not all! In 2006, in "Clinical Pharmacology" magazine published an article in which research results were published. 88% of tested medicines fully retains its properties for at least a year after the end of the period of use, and on average, the figure was 5 years old. Some medications that period much longer. For example, the antibiotic ciprofloxacin, one of the drugs for the treatment of anthrax was fit for use for another 12 years after the expiration date. The granules of iodinated potassium used for the treatment of radiation sickness, retain their properties every 18 years.

But here comes the problem: you can not be sure what your medication can still be taken. Experts say that many drugs remain effective after the expiration date, but the periods are very different. It depends on many factors and the storage conditions including.

Unfortunately, we can not independently verify, do not lose their properties if one or another drug in our medicine cabinet.

Do not take chances with vital medicines! If your pain medication or powder cold little lost property, it is not the end light, just pain or runny nose will not so quickly. However, if you take something, you is vital to you, of course, interested in its 100% efficiency.

Experts advise to throw out immediately medications that quickly lose their properties or can seriously affect your life. Here are some of them:

anticonvulsants, such as phenytoin, carbamazepine, lamotrigine; phenobarbital; nitroglycerin; li > warfarin; theophylline; digoxin; drugs for thyroid such as levothyroxine sodium; paraldehyde; oral contraceptives; epinephrine; insulin;. various eye drops
do not store medications just sluchayInogda really makes sense to keep any medication in reserve. For example, if you are allergic. But many other medicines, especially when bought a prescription should not be stored.

If you were once prescribed antibiotics you, then you do not take them according to the recipe. The next time you will write them, try not to forget to drink them, as it should be. You can, for example, set yourself a reminder on your phone.

Storage analgesics containing narcotic substances, provokes you to addiction. You'll constantly use them, for example, a headache and did not notice how get used.

Review your first-aid kit, replace the expired medicines, if you use them all the time, and the rest is better to simply throw.



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