Answers to Common Health Literacy Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about health literacy.

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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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Dulan, MD, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Nestor, MD, Trenton Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Jennifer Romaker, NP-C, Fairfield Road Physician Offices