Every medicine or pill has an expiry date on it that mustn’t be ignored. Once they’ve passed this date, they not only become less effective but can start to grow bacteria, which could infect the area you’re treating. Side-effects can include headaches, rashes and stomach upsets.
These only last four weeks after opening so chuck out within the month if you don’t want to risk eye infections. The good news is they have a year-long shelf life.
These have a shelf life of a few years depending on the type and brand, but check on the packet (it’s usually embossed on the foil backing) to ensure they’re still effective.
Unopened packets can be stored for up to two years but only three months once opened.
We all need some of this in the house for when that irritating hacking hits. The good news is that, unopened, this lasts for years. After that time, and once opened, its effectiveness diminishes and it can get nasty-tasting, too, so throw away once your cough has gone.
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