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"expired" Midodrine - Whoops


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I just noticed my bottle of Midodrine (I just dish out my weekly supply into my pill holders) said "Discard After 5/20/10" - it was filled 5/20/09.

Well, I am fairly certain that is just the label the online pharmacy throws on everything because there is no way medicine can expire exactly one year after you purchase it! And the online pharmacy doesn't have records of when it 'Officially Expires." Frustrating!

Does Midodrine just lose strength when it gets old? It seems to be working and I haven't noticed a change so I'm fairly certain it is OK.

It's such an expensive medication (and I like this particular generic more than my newer bottle).

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I've called my pharmacist about expiration dates. She said it has something to do with losing potency due to opening/closing a bottle which allow in humidity, heat, temperature fluctuations. Apparently, some meds can go "bad", some just lose potency, and others ????

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I wouldn't worry. It isn't like on a given day something goes bad.

They put a year expiration date on almost every med. I have called my doctor about using Tylenol 3 that was three years after the expiration date and my doctor said to take it.

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It is my understanding that medications should be good for 6 months after the expiration date. That is the rule of thumb that many pharmacists and doctors have given. Most likely the only thing that would happen over a longer period of time is that the med would lose potency, although a few do become more potent. You can check with your pharmacist to make sure that the midodrine is still okay. I hear you on not wanting to throw out expensive medication!

Rachel

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