Can taking expired medication hurt me?

Taking expired medication can be a risky choice, according to the Food and Drug AdministrationOff Site Icon (FDA).

The strength of expired medication can decrease, making it less effective. The chemical composition of the medications also can change over time.

Some expired medications also have the possibility of growing bacteria. And, taking an expired medication that isn’t as strong as it should be can fail to treat your illness.

For more information about how taking expired medications can hurt you, talk to your doctor.

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