LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – As we head into cold and flu season, it’s a good idea to check your closet for medications that may be out of date.
The FDA began requiring expiration dates for prescription and over-the-counter drugs in 1979.
because the chemical composition can change.
A lot of people can take them because maybe they are trying to save money or because they don’t know it’s expired.
Donna Barsky is a licensed pharmacist who warns that we should all check our medications the same way we see how many people empty their refrigerators.
It’s a good idea to periodically check your medications once a year.
If you take any medication, even over the counter after the expiration date, chances are it won’t do any good.
If the smell or color changes, it is time to throw out the medicine.
Donna: “If it’s starting to smell like vinegar, it’s time to get rid of it.”
Denise: “What if it changes color too?”
Donna: Exactly, do you see that they don’t know that you are storing your product if you store it in a place where there is a lot of humidity. to have changes in the structure of your medicine.
Barsky also says that the tablets and capsules, if stored properly and in a dark, dry place, will retain their effectiveness.
However, liquids will spoil faster, there’s a reason they’re packed in those dark bottles, she tells 8 News Now.