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Is it safe to take birth control that is expired by only a month?

Asked by KateTheGreat (13635points) March 9th, 2011

I am taking Seasonique and it expired at the end of February. How long can I take this with it still being safe? I’ll be done with the 3-month pack at the end of April.

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Rarebear's avatar

Probably, but why risk it?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Depends how badly you want to avoid having a pregnancy.

john65pennington's avatar

Having outdated medicene should not be the concern. Whether the pill will stop you from becoming pregnant, should be your actual question.

I would take no chances.

Call a pharmacist and ask this question.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@KatetheGreat I’d be on the phone with Seasonique directly to get the answer to this question.

tedd's avatar

Medicine typically doesn’t “go bad”, especially in a sense that it will hurt you.

It goes through half lives, where it loses its potency. So yes you can likely take it, but it will probably not be as effective as if it were not expired. (though in fairness one month probably is fine, most expiration dates are early on goods anyways).

Silence04's avatar

By us law, prescription drugs’ maximum printed expiration date is 1 year. Therefor it does not reflect a drugs true expiration date.

marinelife's avatar

It is probably fine.

Seelix's avatar

It’s probably fine, as others have said. If you’re going to be having sex, use a condom as well, at least for this month.

downtide's avatar

I doubt that it will harm you or make you ill, but the contraceptive qualities have probably deteriorated.

Ladymia69's avatar

I would NOT.

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