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Kevin L

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how long does any prescription medicine last anyway? how old is too old?
Medicines have their expiration date on the packaging. Most medicines are probably good up to 6 months past the expiration date, but it's a little more complicated then that.

I believe medicines can go bad in as little as 12 hours if they're stored in a hot car that's parked in the sun.

Things like heat, humidity, rapid changes in temperature, and pests (like ants, mice, and rats) can drastically shorten a medication's storage life.

I get very pushy with certian issues pertaining to expired meds, as some meds (like tetracycline) can actually become toxic after they expire. Expired tetracycline can damage the kidneys to the point where one needs dialysis and/or a kidney transplant, which seems unlikely post SHTF.
 

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Most antibiotics can still be beneficial years after expiration if stored properly, but will degrade over time and you must increase dosage to be effective. All cillins are still good, but not ones like Doxycycline, they become toxic.
 

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When I was a youngster (way back in the early to mid 50s), I had a lot of ear infections until my tonsils were removed. As was common at the time, I was given a lot of penicillin. Years late (about 40), during a physical and the ENT doctor noticed my hearing loss (especially at high and low frequencies) he commented that I must have had lots of ear infections as a child and given a lot of penicillin. Once confirmed, he advised that he sees a lot of people with the same hearing loss with was caused by the penicillin and most were in my age range.

Moral of the story. Don't mess with things you don't understand, even if you are a doctor. You never know what the unintended consequences will be.
 

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I must have had lots of ear infections as a child and given a lot of penicillin. Once confirmed, he advised that he sees a lot of people with the same hearing loss with was caused by the penicillin and most were in my age range.
I had a lot of ear infections when I was growing up, and given a lot of penicillin. I was diagnosed with high frequency hearing loss in the 11th grade.
 

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Antibiotics are readily available from legitimate Internet sources at reasonable prices.

Please, please, please don't buy anything from this opportunistic, low life, pond scum bottom feeder.

The substances could be anything from laxatives (as mentioned earlier) to Fentanyl.

If anyone needs legitimate sources of antibiotics, go with the places that sell medications for animals.

They are the same substances. Please trust me on this.

If anyone has any questions, PM me and I'llget back to you in a reasonable time.

And no, I have no financial interest in any pet meds company.
My first experience with finding out animal antibiotics were the same came from Doom and Bloom...Dr Bones and his wife Nurse Amy.
 

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how long does any prescription medicine last anyway? how old is too old?
From my limited knowledge they vary from drug to drug. There are examples of the military using very old drugs of some types, with no problem. But some drugs will kill you when they are out of date a long time. I’m sure one with more knowledge will speak up.
 

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Besides causing antibotic resistant strains of bacteria...

penicillins, penicillinase- resistant penicillins, and other penicillin-type drugs :
Side Effects
Cephalosporins :
Side Effects :
  • rash
  • diarrhea
  • nausea and vomiting (rare)
  • hypersensitivity (allergic) reactions
  • serum sickness
  • vaginal candidiasis
Aminoglycosides :
Side Effects:
  • renal (kidney) toxicity
  • ototoxicity (hearing loss)
  • dizziness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • nystagmus (involuntary eye movement)
  • Long-term aminoglycosides or multiple treatment periods may lead to greater risk for ototoxicity (hearing damage) and renal (kidney) toxicity.
Carbapenems :
Side Effects:
  • diarrhea
  • nausea and vomiting
  • headache
  • rash
  • hepatic (liver) toxicity
  • eosinophilia (high levels of a type of white blood cell)
Antituberculosis agents
Side Effects
  • diarrhea
  • nausea and vomiting
  • anorexia
  • hemolytic anemia
  • liver toxicity
  • headache
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • dizziness
  • reddish-orange body fluids (with rifampin, rifabutin only)
Glycopeptides :
Side Effects
  • vancomycin: "red man syndrome" (RMS) - flushing, hypotension, itching with IV use; phlebitis
  • telavancin: taste alteration, nausea/vomiting, headache, dizziness
Macrolide antibiotics :
Side Effects
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • anorexia (appetite loss)
  • abdominal (stomach pain)
  • rash
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • photosensitivity
  • Avoid prolonged sunlight exposure; use sunscreen, and wear protective clothing.
Tetracyclines
Side Effects
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • anorexia
  • abdominal (stomach) pain
  • tooth discoloration in children < 8 years
  • liver toxicity
  • photosenstivity
  • Avoid prolonged sunlight exposure, use sunscreen, wear protective clothing.
Fluoroquinolones :
Side Effects
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal (stomach) pain
  • headache
  • lethargy
  • insomnia (difficulty sleeping)
  • photosensitivity (can be severe)
Lincomycin derivatives :
Side Effects
  • pseudomembranous colitis (may be severe and life-threatening)
  • diarrhea
  • nausea and vomiting
  • rash
  • allergies
  • jaundice (clindamycin)
Miscellaneous antibiotics :
Side Effects
  • metallic taste
  • nausea and vomiting
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • vaginal yeast infections
 

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