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Is Triamcinolone ointment safe to apply past it's expiration date?

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Posted on Mon, 6 Aug 2018
Question: Hi,
I had eczema on my feet last year. It cleared up and I still have a jar of Triamcinolone ointment 0.1%. The label says to discard after 11/04/17. I am wondering if it is still safe to apply to my feet to get some relief until I can get to my doc?
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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney (55 minutes later)
Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Brief Answer:
Avoid applying this cream

I would recommend you to not apply this cream on the eczematous skin as it has already expired 9 months back.
Instead you can apply cortisone cream on the affected areas twice daily.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney (1 hour later)
The discard date on the jar is November, 2017. That was just 2 months ago.
Is it still NOT good to use it?
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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney (8 hours later)
Brief Answer:
You can use it

Detailed Answer:
In that case you can use it but it’s efficacy will be reduced.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Is Triamcinolone ointment safe to apply past it's expiration date?

Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Brief Answer: Avoid applying this cream I would recommend you to not apply this cream on the eczematous skin as it has already expired 9 months back. Instead you can apply cortisone cream on the affected areas twice daily.