- Can I still take expired DayQuil?
- CAN expired cold medicine make you sick?
- Can I take expired Tylenol Cold and Flu?
The FDA says using expired medicine is risky and could be harmful to a person’s health, depending on what type of medication it is. “Once the expiration date has passed, there is no guarantee that the medicine will be safe and effective. If your medicine has expired, do not use it,” said the FDA.
Expired medicines can be risky Certain expired medications are at risk of bacterial growth and sub-potent antibiotics can fail to treat infections, leading to more serious illnesses and antibiotic resistance. Once the expiration date has passed there is no guarantee that the medicine will be safe and effective.
What about popular OTC medications like Tylenol? Commonly used OTC medications that treat aches and pains or allergies are not likely to harm you if used past the expiration date.