It’s a new year and there’s no better time to clear out your medicine chest and check for expiration dates. Most of us follow the expiration dates printed on our over the counter remedies. I have read though, that it is fine to use most drugs that are past their expiration dates for another 12 months, BUT these OTC remedies will have to be trashed if you notice the following conditions:
- If your aspirin smells like vinegar, it means that this is already ineffective and has already broken down into acid.
- General rule dictates that nose drops and eye drops should be thrown away after the course of treatment regardless of expiration date because they can become contaminated.
- If that OTC tablet have changed texture or color.
- If the OTC capsules are sticking together. Chances are, they have been damaged by moisture or heat.