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Posted: 10/8/2004 5:51:11 AM EDT

I have two old bottles of multi-vitamins I bought a couple of years ago. Both of the bottles expired within the last six months. Is there a danger in taking them after the expiration date? I wouldn't think that pills can really expire, especially when they have been closed up the whole time.

Link Posted: 10/8/2004 5:54:04 AM EDT
Throw them away.....get a new bottle
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 5:54:39 AM EDT
Give one to your cat. If it's still around after a few days, you're good to go.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 6:15:39 AM EDT
Speaking of... I have vitamins in my desk at work, and the other day I looked down at the bottle of centrum and it expired 5/2003. I would say nothing's wrong with them and they should be better than nothing, but I've really had bad gas since I started taking them.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 6:16:21 AM EDT
They shouldnt become hazardous, simply not as effective.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 6:28:29 AM EDT
They should be perfectly safe for human consumption, just that they may not be as potent as originally leaving the factory.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 6:32:05 AM EDT
They just tend to lose some potentcy after time.
Link Posted: 10/8/2004 6:46:26 AM EDT
Make sure you check the label on the bottle for the letters "USP" or "DSVP"..

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) created the Dietary Supplement Verification Program (DSVP) to help consumers be sure that what is on the label is actually what’s in the bottle.
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