Whats shelf life of Allopurinol ?

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    Hi guys it's been a while since i've been on here. I'm in between doctors right now and i've ran out of my currant script of Allo.  I found a bottle thats a couple of years old. It says discards after 09. Now i'm wondering if this will still be good. The last thing I need is an attack what do you guys think. Is it worth the risk?

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    Discard dates are a great way to make money. Take what is left in the bottle, then get more tomorrow.

    If you can be irresponsible with your gout treatment, I can be more so.

    If you read this message after 14th Sept 2011, please discard it.

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    I have more on the way but its mail order. So I won't get it for a few days. I've been taking Allo every day for 18 months till my insurance ran out. And I still haven't ran out I was asking a simple question. Rather the old stuff would still be good to take till my order gets here? I wasn't really looking for a lecture from anyone. I've seen where Zip has said he taken Colchicine that was over 10 years old. And I don't recall you saying he was irresponsible. Thanks for the help :-(

    #11977 Reply

    Yeah, I should have stopped after the first sentence, but the boredom factor makes me try to be funny. Was there no clue in the last sentence?

    My head tells me it aint funny, but my heart says at least try, because otherwise I'd have to close this website.

    What IS funny is you thinking 3 lines from me is a lecture.

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    Keith Gout Advisor said:

    If you read this message after 14th Sept 2011, please discard it.


    LOL!
     

    What drugs are they giving you for your rehabilitation Keith? (& are they available in Boots?) your sense of humour gradient has been off the scale lately. More please :-)

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    All I really wanted was to know if these would still do the job?

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    Suck 'em and see. Pretty sure they won't do any harm.

    #11984 Reply

    odo said:

    are they available in Boots?


    No! Wetherspoons (other bars are available).

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    I'm giving them a try. I just thought since this is listed as a support forum on a site that's suppose to be all about informing people about gout. I could ask a question. And get a simple answer. Instead of being looked down on like an idiot. I haven't been on here for a while it use to be a friendly place to visit read and learn. Not so sure anymore.

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    Keith Gout Advisor said:

    Discard dates are a great way to make money.


    Limpy, I'm sorry.

    All I meant was that discard dates (UK Sell By or Use By or – even worse – Best Before) are just a way for producers to make more money. Stick a date on something, then it can be trashed whilst useful and you put your hand in your pocket again. Over here in the UK, new legislation is going to get rid of most of this soon.

    Storage conditions are most important. Most things, if they are going to degrade, will do so quicker in bright light or high temperatures. Do not store your meds on a sunny window, and they'll last forever.

    Please keep taking the allopurinol and make sure your uric acid stays safe around 5mg/dL.

    I cannot promise to stop fooling around. Escaping death has that effect [don't tell odo – he thought it was drugs, now he thinks it's alcohol. Tee hee].

    #11987 Reply

    Limpy, we posted at the same time.

    Are we still friends?

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    Keith (Gout Admin) said:

    Keith Gout Advisor said:

    Discard dates are a great way to make money.


    Limpy, I'm sorry.
    All I meant was that discard dates (UK Sell By or Use By or – even worse – Best Before) are just a way for producers to make more money. Stick a date on something, then it can be trashed whilst useful and you put your hand in your pocket again. Over here in the UK, new legislation is going to get rid of most of this soon.

    Storage conditions are most important. Most things, if they are going to degrade, will do so quicker in bright light or high temperatures. Do not store your meds on a sunny window, and they'll last forever.

    Please keep taking the allopurinol and make sure your uric acid stays safe around 5mg/dL.

    I cannot promise to stop fooling around. Escaping death has that effect [don't tell odo – he thought it was drugs, now he thinks it's alcohol. Tee hee]                                                                                                                                                                           

    Thanks Keith, I was just looking for some help. Your thoughts and mine run the same about the exp. dates. I was just checking in here to see if anyone else had any input.


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    FRIENDS SURE. NO HARD FEELING.

    #11990 Reply

    OK mate!

    I've added a warning at the top of the page regarding my lack of respect.

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    limpy said:

    NO HARD FEELING.


    With your name, I never thought anything different.

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    The US Government has made a broad law that (unless specifically designed) no pill medication can have a shelf life longer than 36…..well, to be honest, they mandated that any medication that will be advertised as having a longer shelflife will need to provide a whole slate of additional documentation to the FDA in support of that claim. So the drug companies said screw it and now all medications have a expiriation of 36 months or less.

    Your Pharmacy does not know exactly when each bottle of medication was manufactured or how long it sat in a warehouse before being shipped to them so they made a general rule that all medications expire about a year after the order is filled. Liquid meds have an even shorter life.

    Thousands of tons of medications expire every year and are still completely effective. They are usually shipped to areas such as Africa where people could care less about some arbitrary date set by a government.

    Assuming the botttle has not be subjected to moisture, high heat or direct sunlight for long periods of time, most pill medications last five years or more without a problem. If the pill is still firm and looks ok and smells ok, it is still probably good.

    Worst case is that it begins to lose effectiveness as it ages. The half-life of most kinds of antibiotics is approximately 7 years. Meaning at 7 years you would need a double dose. I dont know the numbers for Allopurinol.

    So, to answer your question. Yes, go ahead and take the older pills if they feel, look and smell ok. Take your normal dose. If it is slightly less effective…its better than taking nothing. Do not try to raise your dosage to compensate though because you dont know how much effectiveness it has lost and the danger of taking too much is worse than taking less than normal.

    #11928 Reply
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    Tavery said:

    The US Government has made a broad law that (unless specifically designed) no pill medication can have a shelf life longer than 36…..well, to be honest, they mandated that any medication that will be advertised as having a longer shelflife will need to provide a whole slate of additional documentation to the FDA in support of that claim. So the drug companies said screw it and now all medications have a expiriation of 36 months or less.

    Your Pharmacy does not know exactly when each bottle of medication was manufactured or how long it sat in a warehouse before being shipped to them so they made a general rule that all medications expire about a year after the order is filled. Liquid meds have an even shorter life.

    Thousands of tons of medications expire every year and are still completely effective. They are usually shipped to areas such as Africa where people could care less about some arbitrary date set by a government.

    Assuming the botttle has not be subjected to moisture, high heat or direct sunlight for long periods of time, most pill medications last five years or more without a problem. If the pill is still firm and looks ok and smells ok, it is still probably good.

    Worst case is that it begins to lose effectiveness as it ages. The half-life of most kinds of antibiotics is approximately 7 years. Meaning at 7 years you would need a double dose. I dont know the numbers for Allopurinol.

    So, to answer your question. Yes, go ahead and take the older pills if they feel, look and smell ok. Take your normal dose. If it is slightly less effective…its better than taking nothing. Do not try to raise your dosage to compensate though because you dont know how much effectiveness it has lost and the danger of taking too much is worse than taking less than normal.

    Thanks for the info. Thats what I was looking for.


    #11997 Reply

    How wonderful is life?

    Even though I have lost it completely, write offensive rubbish, and generally take the piss, Tavery endures and returns to contribute some sense.

    Thank you, Tavery.

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