I have a situation :(

By ilovelife82 Latest Reply 2013-11-12 00:32:59 -0600
Started 2013-10-13 19:24:56 -0500

Hello DC family and good evening to you; I have a problem in regards to my current medication for treatment of my hypertension. I'm due for seeing the doctor later on this week because I've found out that Friday is THE only available day in which she can see me since she has a very busy schedule and I've called numerous times to reschedule. In the meantime, I have some of my other medication still in the bottle (about 2 or 3 are left) but they are past the expiration date; I don't have any fresh bottles of medicine available and I'm starting to have headaches as a result. I've seen and heard online that it's ok to take the meds past the expired date as long as they are kept in good condition and my fiance has also stated the its safe for me to take. I have a gut feeling that he's wrong but what choice do I have? I'm really depressed because of this and I don't want anything to happen that will result in something catastrophic for my health, so I really need your honest opinion in the matter. My question is should I keep the meds and take them to alleviate my blood pressure or should I throw them away and wait until Friday for my appt? If I do throw them away, are there any steps that I can take to help with my headaches that are a side effect of my hypertension? I've also heard that I could have them because I'm dehydrated yet I don't think it's helping because I still have the headaches…but nevertheless I'm not giving up hope just yet and I will continue to drink the recommended amount of water that I need. Thank you for listening and I appreciate any response in regards to this urgent matter at hand!!

6 replies

Young1s 2013-11-12 00:32:59 -0600 Report

I was recently in this position. I had an appointment with my doc a couple of weeks ago but had to cancel on her for personal reasons. Then I realized that the new date that they gave me was not condusive to the date that I was gonna run out of my Lantus insulin. So I immediately called back and had her call in a new prescription for me.

Is it possible for you to do the same?

Kats49 2013-11-11 20:50:45 -0600 Report

High blood pressure is serious matter…especially in diabetes. we are prone to mini strokes…if you are of African -American descent double those odds..or like me possible Jewish descent…worse…Dehydration is one of the many issues that hospitalize people …drink..sweetie…and learn to relax..stress will raise your sugars…vicious circles…

Kats49 2013-11-11 20:46:24 -0600 Report

I would call a pharmacist and tell then the name of the medication…many are good for several years AFTER the exp. date…again like the foods the information is for the stockers more than us. I take Pradaxa and as long as I keep it out of sunlight, closed and in my pantry which doesn't let in cold or heat…it is good for 2 years. I have insurance that makes me buy 90 days in advance…at $150. a pop…I want to make sure I don't lose any of it due to oldness

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-14 13:02:30 -0500 Report

The expiration date on my current prescription is one year from the date it was filled. I just checked my sisters prescriptions which were filled Friday. All of her medication expires one year from the date it was filled. Since I don't get a years supply of medication, I don't have this problem. I am not going to say take the medication. Call the pharmacist and ask about the shelf life of your medication.

GabbyPA 2013-10-13 20:29:13 -0500 Report

I have asked my doctor about this and agrees with what you are saying. Specially with pills. Liquid meds are different and those with a gel cap could be affected. But, within reason, if you know where your meds have been and you have taken care to store them right, it may not be a big issue. I mean if it's 10 years out of date....well, maybe not. But if it's just a month or something, I would just call and find out what the doctor says. What you might want to do is talk to your pharmacist about it as well and see what they recommend.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-14 13:10:30 -0500 Report

Gabby the doctors response could be based on the medication you are taking and may not apply to anyone else. Most prescriptions have a one year expiration date. I do not take any medication past it's expiration date. The compounds used in making the medication could have broken down making it useless and harmful. I have never gotten a years supply of medication therefore, I don't worry about expiration dates.

So if the prescription was filled on 8/1/12 and the expiration date is 8/1/13. That medication would go into the trash. Having worked in a hospital, I know our pharmacist disposed of medication on the date they expired on the bottle.