Drug info - Does hydrocodone expire?

Discussion in 'Hydrocodone' started by stone07, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. stone07

    stone07 Newbie

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    I have found some vicodin es, but it expired 3 years ago. The bottle hasnt been opened untill today and has been kept in a cool, dry place. Should I take them or is there a risk taking pills that expired 3 years ago?
     
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    I took some hydro that was expired in 92 and it was the best hydro SWIM ever took (I have been using hydro for quite some time) but when I was comming down from the old pills it screwed with my vision I was driving and objects would seemto jump at SWIM as if there was a skip in my vision


    I used thoes pills like 4 times and my vision was scrued up each time, but never with non expired hydro
     
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    I dont think there should be a problem. Those are 7.5/750's am I right? Worst case scenario they will lose some of their potency but you have plenty to go around. Just be careful of the APAP amount you consume. Don't take more than 4 of these (3000mg) at once. If you want to take more, try a cold water extraction. Good luck
     
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    Vicodin Expiration question.

    Hey I searched the forum for this but found very little: I found some Vicodin 5/500. However it is pretty old, one bottle says its expiration is 10-01 the other bottle says it expired like 16/98. These are pretty old obviously and I would expect them to decrease in potency. I have tried them and they got me high. However I was also still somewhat high on Adderall when I took them so, I would not expect the amount of Vicodin that I took to be a very good indication of potency.

    My question is whether or not they lie about the expiration date for Vicodin like they do with Adderall. For example if your Adderall expired during 2005 it would still have like 2 years before it would start to really start losing potency. Yea so, if this is true I want to know how many years I can safely subtract from the time that the Vicodin has been losing potency.
     
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    swim just told me that he stole his aunts perc's. They were 4 years old and worked GREAT
     
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    the opiates shouldnt degrade over time, to swim's knowledge. he once read a report on erowid of someone taking morphine that had aged 30 years and it was still good.

    the danger, I think, would be in the acetaminophen expiring. swim knows that aspirin, when it has aged a certain amount of time, can degrade into a potentially harmful compound. I would not be surprised if acetaminophen did the same thing over time. so, if You is going to use old pills, be sure to do a CWE first.
     
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    Swim accidentally took oxycontin that was over 8 months expired and was fine. The drugs worked as normal.

    I found an article before on prescription drug expiration dates that I thought was pretty useful. I'll post it below, and I suggest you take a looksie at it.

    http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update1103a.shtml

     
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    SWIF has used expired morphine before effectivly.

    SWIF agrees with the above article.
     
  9. oj626

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    My buddy wants to know if the hydrocodone/vicodens he was prescribed to are still good. He has 500mg WATSONS that he was originally prescribed to on 6/05. Yay or nay?
     
  10. Forthesevenlakes

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    The short answer is that theyre not expired, if theyre only a bit over a year old.

    The long answer is that it takes opiates a while to expire, but the acetaminophen in the pill could eventually expire. This process, however, it takes years.

    Also, the hydrocodone is not 500 mg. That is the amount of acetaminophen in the pill. there should be another number before the "/500" on the bottle. That first number is the amount of hydrocodone in the pill. Most likely a "5".
     
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    My buddy is new to this. You where right it says 5/500. Thanks.
     
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    I said the first time he did hydrocodone he had taken 2 of the pills mentioned above along with a couple glasses of wine. I was messed up.
     
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    2 pills is a good starting dose. Be careful with the alcohol though, its easy to overdo.
     
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    If your buddy got these on prescription then the packaging probably has an expiration date on it (not to be confused with prescription date).
     
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    Hydrocodone still Potent?

    I got a bottle of hydrocodone that expired in 2005.

    Would they still be any good? or should i toss them?


    I'm hoping theyre still kickin...

    thanks for any help.
     
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    Re: Still Potent?

    They should still be good if they were in a cool, dark place. Morphine can remain good for at least 30 years, I think hydrocodone would last quite a while as well.

    There is a risk of the aspirin or tylenol in the pill eventually going bad first, but if it does it will smell like vinegar, and it takes more than a year for that to happen, I think.

    To be absolutely sure no aspirin or acetaminophen is in the final product (and save you's liver some wear) why not do a cold water extraction on the pills before using them?
     
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    Re: Vicodin Expiration question.

    My kitten has used 7 year old hydrocodone without issue. Oddly enough, they seemed just as potent, too.
     
  19. big_erb

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    Re: Vicodin Expiration question.

    The APAP in narc combos, after time, will become more toxic to the liver, the narc usually most of its potentcy long after expiration..

    knowing that the liver can usually handle up to 4 grams of apap a day, I would cut this number in half for expired meds...
     
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    Question about hydros.

    Hey here is a quick question for you guys. I have been attending college for a few months and has come to like Hydros alot. SWIM just came home for the weekend and found a bottle of 5/500 Lortab Hydrocodones in his moms medicene closet. The date the bottle was issued was 9/25/05. Is it still safe for SWIM to take these?