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Studies conducted by independent researchers and the Food and Drug Administration have found that common drugs retain nearly all their potency many years after the posted expiration date.
"The expiration date doesn't really indicate a point at which the medication is no longer effective or has become unsafe to use," Springer said. "Medical authorities state if expired medicine is safe to take, even those that expired years ago."
There are exceptions; some medications and drug types undergo changes during extended storage that can compromise their safety or effectiveness. Liquid medications and some antibiotics are among these.
Keeping in mind that most OTC medications in tablet or capsule form are safe to use for many years after their expiration date, here are some guidelines on how to manage the drugs in your medicine cabinet.