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Does the drug cephalexin monohydrate expire on the prescribed date?

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does the drug cephalexin monohydrate expire. prescription dated
nov 2009
Posted Sat, 5 Oct 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Pavan Kumar Gupta 1 hour later
Thanks for the query.
Brief answer...All the drugs have expiry date mentioned over their label.
Detailed answer...
Although studies have indicated that the actual shelf life life of many medicines is more than the labelled expiry date,but one should adhere to the limit set by the manufacturing company, because there is no way the part of the consumer would know how much potency is still left in the product.

On an average,this expiry time varies from 1 year to 3 years from the date of manufacturing and specially for capsules and tablets.
In your case,it should not be used because even if CEPHALEXIN was manufactured in 2009,it is more than three years since then.

I hope it helps; however you may revert to me for any further query.
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