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6/21/2017 8:25:40 PM
Posted: 3/15/2009 5:30:43 PM EDT
I just found a bottle of it from last year. The force protection doc gave me the 'script before a deployment that I ended up not going on (f'in work center wouldn't let me go ).

Anyways, I've had it since about Oct last year, and I was wondering how long this stuff keeps. I figure keeping it in case of a rainy day couldn't hurt.
Link Posted: 3/15/2009 5:38:33 PM EDT
it should be ok for quite a while. The only reason they put an expiration date on it to begin with is for the FDA. I used to work in a hospital pharmacy and there was a drug called Suprol......we got new in and there was a small sticker over the original expiration date (from factory) that added 3 more years onto what was originally printed on the package.
Link Posted: 3/15/2009 5:44:17 PM EDT
That's exactly what I wanted to hear. It'll be staying in SHTF supplies for awhile then.
Link Posted: 3/15/2009 5:46:30 PM EDT
In unit dose blisters or a bottle?
Blisters or an original factory sealed bottle will last longer than a 'scrip bottle.

Either way it will be effective beyond the expiration date but will eventually lose potency.
Figure a year or more after expiration. The .gov has tons of Cipro stored for a bio emergency. So much that they cannot rotate through it. I'm certain they plan on dispensing "outdated" product if the need were to arise.

I would hang on to it for a while longer.


Link Posted: 3/15/2009 5:50:24 PM EDT
CDC studies showed it 100% after 10 years!
Link Posted: 3/15/2009 5:54:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By odontia32m:
CDC studies showed it 100% after 10 years!

Link Posted: 3/15/2009 5:57:57 PM EDT
Cipro is vile, doc prescribed it to me once and it made me horribly ill. It also damages your ligaments/tendons.
Link Posted: 3/15/2009 7:13:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Darrellbear:
Cipro is vile, doc prescribed it to me once and it made me horribly ill. It also damages your ligaments/tendons.

I know, I'm not planning on taking it unles I REALLY REALLY need it, and there's no pharmacy avaliable (SHTF, etc)
Link Posted: 3/15/2009 7:29:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/15/2009 7:32:13 PM EDT by Merrell]
Keep meds cool, dry & dark (not frozen)

.mil has the SLEP (Shelf Life Extension Program) and tests potency after the expiration date.

Off the shelf is good for 3 years. SLEP testing gives Cipro another 10 IF stored properly.


ETA: Meds have differing lives and must be tested individually.
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