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First off I apologize for not being a more active member due to previous demands on my time but I will try to participate regularly going forth.

My question is, how long do you keep Expired Prescription Medicine on hand like Blood Thinners & High Blood Pressure after they expire in case of a TEOTWAWKI Situation as well as Iodide Tablets, Fish Amoxilan & Calcium Carbonate for Nuke Attacks? Is 1 year after the Expiration Date too late or in fact anything after the Expiration date not effective? I'm just trying to clear Storage Space & I don't want to throw anything out if they're still effective. Thanks
 

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First off I apologize for not being a more active member due to previous demands on my time but I will try to participate regularly going forth.

My question is, how long do you keep Expired Prescription Medicine on hand like Blood Thinners & High Blood Pressure after they expire in case of a TEOTWAWKI Situation as well as Iodide Tablets, Fish Amoxilan & Calcium Carbonate for Nuke Attacks? Is 1 year after the Expiration Date too late or in fact anything after the Expiration date not effective? I'm just trying to clear Storage Space & I don't want to throw anything out if they're still effective. Thanks
There is a place on my computer where I can type in ANYTHING. So, I typed in "Is it OK to use medicine after their expiration date"

Shazam! A bunch of answers to my question came up! I chose this one to copy/paste for you!

 

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Industry standard is they are fine a year after the listed date. Like the article says, from there it depends on what it is and liquid antibiotics, insulin and epi pens are only good for the year or so after. Most just fade away and become a dud.
 

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Ok so actually there is more information to add. There are 3 expiration dates. the one listed on your bottle, the one listed on the huge bottle that was used to fill your bottle, and the +1 or so year that was already mentioned . When you get your medication filled you need to ask what the actual expiration is on the original bottle yours was filled with. I found that one of my medications at the pharmacy was over a year longer then what was written on my bottle.

All antibiotics to my knowledge, a year after the pharmacy's expiration will begin to lose its' potency/effectiveness and it begins to break down. This actually makes taking the antibiotic dangerous/harmful.

Most pain killers on other hand that are solid and not capsule are not harmful even a few years after the expiration, but will have reduced potency.

Liquids are the ones that go bad the fastest. I suggest getting a moisture absorber packet and placing this & solid (not capsule) meds in a vacuum sealed bag to prevent moisture or air to increase its' lifespan. Capsules would get crushed using this method.

Note: I do not work in the medical field / not a doctor...
 

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99% of medications are still 100% potent and useful well beyond their expiration date, including epi pens. The only caveats are tetracycline antibiotics can potentially become toxic after their expiration, although no recent cases can be found to confirm this is still a issue nor deny it, liquids like penicillin oral solution may mold, and separate, and fluids like epipen can be come clouded, at which point it shouldn’t be used.
 
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