saving old medicine?

Discussion in 'First Aid and Medicine' started by BeautifullyBree, Jun 3, 2016.

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  1. BeautifullyBree

    BeautifullyBree Active Member
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    Am I the only one who keeps my old medicines? There have been many times my family was too poor to take us to the doctor. My mom always kept extra antibiotics and cold medicine. She even kept old blood pressure medicine. It was always kept out of reach by the way. I've always though at least if anything went wrong I have enough medicine to last me awhile..
     
  2. remnant

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    This is a good and prudent thing to do. There are times when one is humstrung for cash and then a serious disease comes knocking. In my opinion, the best medicine to keep are the expensive ones and those which do not have concerns with regard to the expiry date. For my case, I am afflicted with dental pain periodically and it would be wise to stock up on pain killers. On the whole, herbal medicines have good keeping quality and some improve with time.
     
  3. lonewolf

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    depends on the age, but medicines don't just stop working, as they get older they don't work quite as well but they still work a bit, so better than nothing but maybe only just!
     
  4. Lisa

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    I would be careful with antibiotics, the improper use of them is the reason that we now have antibiotic resistant bacteria. If you don't use them properly and complete the correct course you are allowing the bacteria to become resistant to treatment.
     
  5. willywonka

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    I wouldn't keep old medicines because they do expire. The best way to protect yourself is to figure out how to find these medicines in the wild. Antibiotics can be useful if they are no expired. Learn how to make probiotics with yogurts and how to make your own at home. That will increase the good bacteria in your body. Also find antibiotic treatments in tea tree oil or antifungals like garlic. These will help you out in any situation long after the prescriptions expire.
     
  6. lexinonomous

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    I always save my old medicine. If I have any sort of left over medicine from when I was sick, I will store it in the medicine cabinet. You never know if you're going to develop the same illness in the future. I had saved a bottle of medicine for my ear infection. I'm happy I did because I developed a terrible ear infection months later. The medicine helped me within a day. Even when medicine expires, it could still be of some use. It doesn't hurt to try and bring old medicine to life.

    I wouldn't suggest trying to find replacements for high quality medicine in the wild. As much as I hate to say it, there is a reason why medication you get through a pharmacy works. Saving old medicine isn't going to hurt anything. It's better to be safe and give it a go than risk something not working at all.
     
  7. OursIsTheFury

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    Medicine has an expiration date, and would lose their advertised efficacy when it reaches that date. So yes, it is great that you stockpile on medicine supplies, however they have a date to be used, and afterwards, it would just be a waste of space, and they would be more of a burden rather than a cure if you take them after their expiration date. Good luck, hopefully you check those medication often in terms of their expiration dates, so you will both have a stock and supplies that actually work.
     
  8. Correy

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    The expiration date on the pharmaceuticals is only a recommendation of "consume best before". With most of them, if you follow the rules of safekeeping meds (dry, cool space, in it's original bubble card), it should be good to consume for another 3-5 years. Or 2 years at the very least. But keeping them around for longer increases the chances that they're somehow exposed to conditions that would make them go ineffective.
    All in all, it's a neat way of saving up some money, especially if it's some really expensive medication, but there are many issues in stockpiling these things in longterm.
     
  9. barbecueIt

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    Does "old" means expired medicines? I am a little bit paranoid when it comes to medicine and when the expiration date has lapsed then I throw it away. I never knew that medicines are still okay if the safekeeping instructions are followed. I am still not sure how effective the medicine is after the expiration date though.
     
  10. franky

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    Having medicines with you is a very smart thing to do because you never know when you will need one (once I got a serious allergy reaction for something I ate and if I hadn't had a pill for that, the situation would have become much worse before I came to the hospital). In my experience expired medicines aren't really that dangerous and as @Correy said, as with many consumable things that date is only a recommendation. Once I took a pill for headache and found a few hours later that it had expired 3 years ago and nothing bad happened to me. But still, I would not recommend taking very old medicines for some more serious diseases because they might have some unstable chemical ingredients.
     
  11. lonewolf

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    saving medicines is exactly the same as storing food, "rotate, rotate, rotate" in the good times when its still available so that when SHTF you start off with an up to date fresh supply.
     
  12. acheno84

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    I always try to keep my old medications around for good measure. Often, I'm in the same situation where I cannot afford to go to the doctor for prescription, so I plan ahead of time. As of now, I have a 3-weeks supply of amoxicillin from when my wife and I both had to have a root canal. Not sure why they gave us so many pills because we both had so many left over from taking the required amount but we kept them. It's good to keep meds around. You just never know when you'll need it.
     
  13. Moroccanbeauty2266

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    I also have new and old paracentamol (German king of Tylenol) around. I normally take the new ones but since I often have toothaches and I have to take 4 or 6 of them at once, I rather have more around. Of course, I am worried if the date has expired especially when it concerns fluid medicine but with pills I think you should be okay.
     
  14. explorerx7

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    I don't know if it would be safe to continue taking medication that has been expired because it is a pill as opposed to liquid. I don't believe the pill would be any safer be safer than the liquid. I must recommend that you should be extra careful in this situation because it's something that you would be ingesting which could rapidly cause an internal problem if it's defective.
     
  15. DecMikashimota

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    Always storing your aged medicine out of your child’s reach is the best idea. reach and out of sight of children. How well taken care of the medicine is also an important factor. Make sure that the conditions that it is stored in are in correlation with the storage instructions on the packaging. If there is an expiration date then you should be concerned with the side effects that will arise upon ingestion of whatever medical substance you are storing.
     
  16. ZoeZoundBarrier

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    Keeping medicine in your car’s glove compartment can be risky as well and not just because of temperatures. I have friends that have gotten charged with intent to sell after being stopped and searched. All that the police who searched the car found was an old bottle of his brother's prescription drugs. With that being said, there are too many precautionary dangers to consider. Do you really think that keeping old medicine is worth it?
     
  17. richj8am30

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    Having a storage box that you can place on a shelf or in a in closet is probably the safest way to go. Most people would keep them in bathroom cabinets. There are Clear storage baskets that you can buy for under $5. This is not a bad idea if you would like to keep your medicine a lot more on the sanitary side.
     
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  18. thePENofGODx0x0xz7

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    Always do your best to store the contents of a medicine bottle into its original container. Mixing your pills can cause accidents that can be nearly fatal depending on the types of side effects certain prescription medicine can cause. Do well to label these bottles since the labeling tends to become difficult to read as time corrodes the outside of the bottle.
     
  19. thePENofGODx0x0xz7

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    This is detrimental for everyone to take into consideration. Bathrooms may seem like a popular choice for medicine but the fluctuation of the temperature is in fact harmful to your medicine. Heat and moisture that from your shower , and sink can harm your medicine. The amount of dampness and heat is the opposite of what you need. Continue to Keep your medicine in a Cool and Dry area.
     
  20. lonewolf

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    I keep my medicines in the bedroom, which is never heated, and is a fairly cool and dry place .
     
  21. crimsonghost747

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    I'll throw a bit more info about the whole expiration date.
    So there is an expiration date in the package. This is the date until which the manufacturer of the medication guarantees 100% efficiency (means it will work exactly as intended, not that it will immediately cure you :p) under normal storage conditions. At some point after this date, the medication will start to lose it's efficiency. Now there are a couple of exceptions but in 99% of the cases the medication will not become harmful even if consumed years after expiration. It will simply be less effective.

    Same things apply for storing pretty much anything. Cool, dry, away from sunlight. Most medications nowadays come in a package that won't allow humidity in.. these are the ones where each pill has it's own containment and you just pop them out one by one when required. If you have those bigger containers that have tens or hundreds of pills inside them, you might want to put a piece of cotton in there if you think you'll be storing them for a while. (it helps with the moisture)
     
  22. Finman0507

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    I always make sure that the expiration date is not overdue on the medicines I keep, but i don't think it's a bad thing keeping medicine in your home for emergencies. Just be careful to keep it out of reach of children and people that should not get hold of it.
     
  23. tb65

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    The only problem with doing this is they have a expiration date. If the medicine is expired it might not be safe to use, this could be dangerous. I can understand not wanting to run out of medicine, but you don't want to put yourself at risk either. I think saving old medicine is a bad idea.
     
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