How long is cold medicine good after expiration?

Asked By: Itzel Gaylord
Date created: Thu, Dec 24, 2020 2:46 AM
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Excluding certain prescription medicines such as nitroglycerin, insulin, and liquid antibiotics, most medicines stored under reasonable conditions retain at least 70% to 80% of their original potency for at least 1 to 2 years after the expiration date, even after the container has been opened.
Answered By: Ena Blanda
Date created: Fri, Dec 25, 2020 4:49 AM

Is it ok to use expired medicine?

Is it ok to use expired medicine?
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  1. Try a Cold Pack.
  2. Use a Heating Pad or Hot Compress.
  3. Ease Pressure on Your Scalp or Head.
  4. Dim the Lights.
  5. Try Not to Chew.
  6. Hydrate.
  7. Get Some Caffeine.
  8. Practice Relaxation.
You can bring your medication in pill or solid form in unlimited amounts as long as it is screened. You can travel with your medication in both carry-on and checked baggage. It's highly recommended you place these items in your carry-on in the event that you need immediate access.
The FDA doesn't recommend over-the-counter (OTC) medicines for cough and cold symptoms in children younger than 2 years old. Prescription cough medicines containing codeine or hydrocodone are not indicated for use in children younger than 18 years old.

Common Cold Medicine and Pregnancy: The Safe List

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)
  • Loratadine (Claritin)
  • Zinc lozenges.
  • Chloraseptic spray (but a salt water gargle is just as effective, with no risks)

Nine Tips for Helping a Picky Child Take Their Medicine

  1. Give choices…
  2. Avoid choking…
  3. Explain why medicine helps…
  4. Be positive…
  5. Reward your child
  6. Add flavoring…
  7. Choose liquid, capsule or chewable options…
  8. Make taking medication fun and creative.

Over-the-counter gas remedies include:

  1. Pepto-Bismol.
  2. Activated charcoal.
  3. Simethicone.
  4. Lactase enzyme (Lactaid or Dairy Ease)
  5. Beano.
You can try products like guaifenesin (Mucinex) that thin mucus so it won't sit in the back of your throat or your chest. This type of medication is called an expectorant, which means it helps you to expel mucus by thinning and loosening it.

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