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How safe is to have a tablet after the expiry date ?

Hello Doctor , How safe is to have a tablet after the expiry date. Yesterday by mistake i happen to take a tablet named Etosys which got expired in the month of May. Will the tablet serve the purpose for whcih i took or does the tablet looses its value/effect post it expiry date ?
Asked On : Wed, 15 Jun 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
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Medicines after expiry date will not give exact effect accordig to dosage.It loses its potency.It may produce some side effect which depend upon molecule.
Answered: Wed, 15 Jun 2011
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Aashish Raghu's  Response
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Studies show that expired drugs may lose some of their potency over time, from as little as 5% or less to 50% or more (though usually much less than the latter). Even 10 years after the "expiration date," most drugs have a good deal of their original potency. So wisdom dictates that if your life does depend on an expired drug, and you must have 100% or so of its original strength, you should probably toss it and get a refill, in accordance with the cliché, "better safe than sorry" as some drugs like tetracyclines have bad side effects after expire. Kindly get a fresh prescription drug. Thank you.
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