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Cough and Cold Medicine

What is the shelf life of codeine cough syrup?


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April 03, 2013 2:35AM

I have a terrible cough right now. I found some cough syrup in the back of the medicine cabinet labeled "acetominophen and codeine phosphate elixir". The date on the prescription bottle is May 19, 2004. (That's almost nine years ago.) It's working just fine... at least I am falling asleep and staying asleep - not being wakened up by that stupid hacking cough - so it must be okay...

Am I stupid to to do that? You bet! I would never recommend anyone else take medication that's been sitting in their medicine cabinet for 8 years plus. But in this case, and because it's "me", I'm really glad I never got around to throwing it out. Because it's really helping...