Expired Medicines

Expired medicines are drugs that have passed the expiration date, and might not be suitable to consume. Taking such medicine can be either ineffective or harmful. Expired medicines should not be thrown in the trash or flushed down the toilet.

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I accidentally gave my child expired medicine. What will happen?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 11 months old. By mistake, I gave expired Vitazyme drops to her. After giving the dose she vomited immediately. Will this act of mine harm her?  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Child Health Specialist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, Medical Gastroenterologist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As she vomited immediately, nothing would have gone inside. So, it is unlikely that it will cause any effect on her health. Advice: Give her a normal diet. Allow normal activity. Be cautious from the next time. Do not store expired medicines at home, since this ...  Read Full »

I had Mylanta that was expired. Will it cause any problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I had indigestion, so I took some Mylanta. I did not check the expiration date and had a teaspoon of it. Then I noticed that it got expired some years ago. Will I be fine? Or what should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Ahmed Elhaged


Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all Mylanta (combination of Magnesium hydroxide, Aluminium hydroxide and Simethicone) is not prescribed for indigestion. It is for hyperacidity and burning sensation in your esophagus and stomach. It will not affect you. Do not worry. It will not harm you, but wi...  Read Full »

Is it safe to take expired tablets for migraine?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old female. I am taking medicines for migraine (Sumatriptan). My tablets have expired. Can I take them? Would they still be effective?  Read Full »

Dr. Sugandh Garg

Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Toxicologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. When a medication says it is expired, it is not safe to take the drug. Its effectiveness will not be as desired. The properties and the actions of the drug will be reduced. So, you must avoid taking your expired medications.   Read Full »

I took an expired Long drive capsule. Will it cause any side effects?

Query: Hello doctor, I took a Long drive capsule by mistake, which got expired last month. I am worried about the side effects of taking expired pills. Can it cause any serious side effects? And if yes, how long will these side effects last? I took only one capsule.  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your query. Do not worry. Pharmacy companies put the expiry date one to two month earlier than the actual expiry date. After the expiry date, the medicine loses their potency, and they will not be able to produce the intended effect rather causing any untoward...  Read Full »

Is an expired I-pill effective?

Query: Hi doctor, I took I-pill four days back, but after taking it, I noticed that it had already expired three months ago. Is there anything serious? Will the I-pill be ineffective?  Read Full »

Dr. Megha Tuli Gupta

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since the pill was expired, it is likely to fail and not be able to prevent a pregnancy. Side effects as such are not expected. However, please do a pregnancy test and check if periods get delayed. For further queries consult an obstetrician and gynaecologist online -->...  Read Full »

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