Does Adderall Expire?
Adderall, which is a prescription drug used to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, is commonly used by people who legitimately need it, but it’s also often abused. More about that will be detailed below, but first, does Adderall expire?
The following provides an overview of expired medications, and answers “does expired Adderall work.”
First, does Adderall expire? It does, as most all medicines do, but what does this really mean?
The importance or relevance of drug expiration dates depends a lot on the actual drug, and it’s tough to give a blanket answer as to what happens if you take an expired medicine, or if it’s even effective after its expiration date.
First, the concept of drug expiration dates goes back to the late 1970s, when a law was passed requiring drug manufacturers to add an expiration date on products. The marked expiration indicates the date at which the maker of the drug guarantees the drug is fully safe and potent.
However, while it is a regulatory issue, a study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration under the request of the military found that when looking at a massive stockpile of drugs that were about to be thrown out, more than 90% were good even 15 years after the listed expiration date. This looked at more than 100 types of drugs, and they were both prescription and over-the-counter.
One of the only exceptions that may be unsafe or less potent following its expiration date is tetracycline because it’s believed to have a diminished effectiveness over time, although there’s still some debate. Also, certain medicines like insulin, nitroglycerin, and liquid antibiotics shouldn’t be used after their expiration date, but other than, drugs remain safe and potent well after their expiration date, as long as they’re properly stored.
The best way to safely store any medicine is in an airtight container, away from heat and light.
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