Written by: Joy Schultz, PharmD Pharmacy Director at Agnesian HealthCare
If you searched through your medications at home, would you find any that are expired? As medications age or are stored improperly, the amount of the useful ingredients in the medication decrease causing them to be ineffective or even potentially dangerous. It is really important to look at your medications expiration date and throw the medication if the expiration date has passed. Also the way a medication is stored may cause the medication to expire before the date on the package. For example, storing your medications in the bathroom with high humidity from the shower or in the glove box of a car may shorten the expiration date of the package.