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 what medicine is good for memory?
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 Is it bad to drink sleeping pills?
Like does it do anything bad to your body?? Im just asking... i cant sleep for shxt...
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Ughh ok.
Take pills. !! my bad ...grammar isint my thing!...


 I need home remedies for "Sore Throat"?
Anyone knows any good home remedies to relieve a bad sore throat?

I tried the lemon tea with Honey but it wont help at all. I heard that water with salt can help is that true?...


 Have you ever tried those natural pills for stress called 'Kalms'.... did they work for you?

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its for being onstage, i don't have deep stress in my life!! i just want something to take for a few days or hours beforehand....


 Natural migraine remedies please.?
As a long term sufferer of migraines and having tried all manner of tablets i wanted to know if anyone had a natural remedy that had worked for them.
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has anyone tried F...


 What's a good colon cleanser?
My husband and I have been eating very gross lately (fast food, junk food, etc.). We were wondering if anyone knows about a colon cleanser that we can find at the health food shoppe?...


 What is the best cure....?
What are good ways to cure diahhrea and cope with it??...


 Why Doctors still telling us aspartame is safe?
The Truth About Aspartame, MSG and Excitotoxins
Were you aware that the food companies add chemicals to their products that stimulate hunger and disrupt normal appetite control? It's a ...


 Curing hiccups quickly?
Does anyone know how to get rid of hiccups quickly?
Thanks....


 Why doesn't the FDA review and test dietary supplements from health food stores?
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 Homeopathy? How effective have you found it?
I have been treating both my children with homoeopath remedies for teething/colds etc. But although i've read so much on the subject and am registered with a well qualified experienced ...


 Is there a way to get high without drugs?
Hey guys, im not a hardcore junky or anything. Im just curious and I thought this would be a cool thing to know....


 What's the best hangover cure???
drank far too much last night woke up feeling terrible, feel better now but still a bit queasy, do you know of anything i can eat/ drink etc. to cure this??? thanks ...


 is ibuprofen the same as asprin?
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 i think i'm developing serious panic attacks but i am afraid to take meds in case i get addicted?
or just in case i get crazy i'll swallow the whole bottle just to end the 'suffering'... what other options do i have? we're far from the city and therapists. and besides ...


 Why is there such a commotion about vaccines?
I'm pregnant, due on the 17th of this month. I hear from different people ( childbirth instructor and other students in class) that vaccines arent necessary since the illnesses they're used ...


 I was wondering , if I get constipated alot if enemas would help me if not used several, times?
ugh just and answer ...


 how do i boost immunity in my kids aged 6 n 4? they fall sick very often. v r vegetarians. Do's and Don'ts pls?
fed up of visiting ...


 what can I take for acid reflux? Something that is natural, that I can find most any place.?
I have taken prescription medicines, prevacid seems to work well, but the medical place where we have to get our medicine, doesn't want me to use that, because it cost more money for them, so ...


 What are some common household tips to cure common cold?
I have common cold and my head is buzzing, I feel like Marlon Brando is dancing on my head.... I want some household tips/medicines etc, I can't go out.
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Psychonaut420
What happens if you take a pill over a month old?
I heard that pills go outdated after a month. What would happen if someone took a pill over a month old? Would it just not have any effects, would they like get sick, or is it just a myth?
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To clear up the confusion, I can't exatly ask the pharmacist or check the bottle as there is none. It's an xtc pill.
                      









Don S
Pills have expiration dates, surely you have had Tylenol in your bathroom far longer than a month. After the expiration date they may lose some of their potency, but they shouldn't hurt you.


☼ImmaStar☼
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pills have more shelf life than one month... you'll be alright... every RX/pill bottle has an expiration date on them.. they are still good after that.. but they loose their potency


You can call me God.
I don't think that's true. When you take prescription drugs (depending on the type) that are expired it usually has the same as effect as it would if it wasn't, just not near as strong. Pills will not go outdated after a month. You can look on the bottle and find the expiration date.


computermaestro
I agree with PJ--most pills are good for a year. If you do take a pill that is expired, it will probably not be as effective. It does depend on the type of drug, though.

If you're talking about an old partial batch of antibiotics, don't use them. You need a full fresh supply to rid you of your malady. A partial (and expired!) dose could make the bacteria come back stronger and be very hard to get rid of.


Sergioâ„¢
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you age a month :)


clarry
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What kind of pill? Most medication has an expiry date. If you are talking about the 'recreational' type, why does it matter?


3babies
I have some pills that I got after surgery 2 years ago and they still work when I need them. I would say that you are more than fine if the pill is only a month old. You will not get sick unless you take more than you should so stick to the amount on the bottle. So yes it is a myth that pills go bad after a month.


zimmsrx
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When a medicine expires, it usually just becomes less effective. In pharmacy terms, when a medication has degraded 10%, it has exceeded its shelf-life and is considered expired. So technically, if you take a med the day it expires, it's only 90% as effective as it was the day it rolled off the line. Different medications have different expirations, so check the packaging for the expiration date.
There's only one med that I can think of that becomes toxic when it expires and that's tetracycline.


wellhellothere
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Look at the bottle and check the use by date or ask a pharmacist


THE Cupid HATER
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Pills and just about all medicines are designed to stay usable for long periods of time. There are very few medicines that have a short shelf life, meanly due to the need to refrigerate them. If you're concerned, call your doctor and ask!


blahblahhha
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I graduated as a Medical Assistant. However, we went over Medications ... but not in great detail... What i can tell you that i learned was; Certain pills become stronger with time.. changing the Effects the drug is suposto give off... almost like taking a stronger dose.. Others Do get old.. kinda like milk would.. Im sure you could drink old milk.. but the side effects make you kinda sick. Thats why its always inportant to throw old medication down the toilet! so no one can snoop in trashcans...(junkies, kids etc..) and get ahold of those nasty old pills! hope i helped :)


yahooligan
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you should be fine, you are not suppose to take old antibiotic, i would say any other 1 should be ok, ask a pharmacist


Big Red
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as long as the container is closed, the pill should be ok.


Blue Haired Old Lady
Most pills have more shelf life than one month. Most meds are good for at least one years, most longer than that.


Susan84
pills usually are good for up to a year


Talia
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Im not 100% sure, but I wouldnt use expired vitamins or expired oral sprays.. other medications like tynenol and advil and alka seltzer are okay to use..


heres an excerpt of the article that answers ur question :
"First, the expiration date, required by law in the United States, beginning in 1979, specifies only the date the manufacturer guarantees the full potency and safety of the drug -- it does not mean how long the drug is actually "good" or safe to use. Second, medical authorities uniformly say it is safe to take drugs past their expiration date -- no matter how "expired" the drugs purportedly are. Except for possibly the rarest of exceptions, you won't get hurt and you certainly won't get killed. A contested example of a rare exception is a case of renal tubular damage purportedly caused by expired tetracycline (reported by G. W. Frimpter and colleagues in JAMA, 1963;184:111). This outcome (disputed by other scientists) was supposedly caused by a chemical transformation of the active ingredient. Third, studies show that expired drugs may lose some of their potency over time, from as little as 5% or less to 50% or more (though usually much less than the latter). Even 10 years after the "expiration date," most drugs have a good deal of their original potency. So wisdom dictates that if your life does depend on an expired drug, and you must have 100% or so of its original strength, you should probably toss it and get a refill, in accordance with the cliché, "better safe than sorry." If your life does not depend on an expired drug -- such as that for headache, hay fever, or menstrual cramps -- take it and see what happens."

Thomas A. M. Kramer, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois


hope that helps =D


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