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Old 08-04-2008, 11:43 PM   #1
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Can I take expired Tylenol?

I have a horrible headache and the only Tylenol we have is a bit expired. Do you think it would be ok or should I avoid it? What about Children's Tylenol, would I double up the dosage?
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:51 PM   #2
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It's okay!
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:12 AM   #3
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Re: Can I take expired Tylenol?

My stepfather is a pharmacist and does NOT recommend taking any expired medications...
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:32 AM   #4
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Re: Can I take expired Tylenol?

Depends on how expired it is. BUT if I had childrens - I'd take that.

There are a few risks with taking expired meds... one is it won't be effective as some loose their potency. While another risk (and the one most are concernd about) is it would be toxic for some reason. Since I don't know what tylenol does I'd avoid it if it was over 2 mo (thats just MY personal cut-off) and take the kids stuff - feel better fast.. (are you drinking enough water ??? )
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Re: Can I take expired Tylenol?

You could also try magnesium if you have some of that. It relaxes the blood vessles.
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:31 AM   #6
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My MIL is head of Pharmacy for a large hospital system and says expired tylenol is just fine.
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:35 AM   #7
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Re: Can I take expired Tylenol?

I've heard it's not okay to take expired tylenol at all!
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Re: Can I take expired Tylenol?

Thanks mamas, DH went out and bought me a non-expired Tylenol. My headache went away soon after. Thanks for the advice, I usually never take meds unless I feel I have to, but the expired Tylenol was scaring me.
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:21 PM   #9
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Make sure your drinking enough water too. I had a headache yesterday and it went away as soon as someone told me to drink!
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Re: Can I take expired Tylenol?

"When in doubt, throw it out!"
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