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Restarting effexor, expire question
« on: April 22, 2014, 08:27:22 PM »
I've had my bottle of venlafaxine xr  sitting in my room since December. I keep putting it off, but does anyone know about them expiring? The pharmacist said they have a shelf life of a few years. I keep putting it off cause I'm like med phobic and I panic as soon as I start a new med. I was on it for 6 years and did great on it.
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Re: Restarting effexor, expire question
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2014, 09:53:52 PM »
The pharmacist said they have a shelf life of a few years.


Most antidepressants have a shelf life of at least 2-3 years. There should be a use-by date printed somewhere on the packaging, usually in very small type on one of the packet ends.

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Re: Restarting effexor, expire question
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2014, 10:03:34 PM »
The packaging is gone, it just says RFLS LEFT: 2, then next if it says by: 12/23/14
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Re: Restarting effexor, expire question
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2014, 10:04:55 PM »
On the bottom of the bottle
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Re: Restarting effexor, expire question
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2014, 11:15:28 PM »
next if it says by: 12/23/14

They it should be safe to take. FWIW, I've just picked up a prescription for the tricyclic antidepressant I'm on and it's due to expire in March 2019.

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Re: Restarting effexor, expire question
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2014, 12:49:57 AM »
What anti d are you on if you don't mind me asking? Do you have anxiety real bad as well?
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Re: Restarting effexor, expire question
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2014, 07:50:11 AM »
What anti d are you on if you don't mind me asking?

One of the tricyclics which was never marketed in America and now can no longer be prescribed to new patients in Britain, where it used to be the most popular AD with over 40% of the market, because of its cardio toxicity.

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Do you have anxiety real bad as well?

Unmedicated, yes. But I haven't had a panic attack in about 20 years, though it was touch and go a couple of years ago when I reduced the dose for a while to see if I could do okay on a safer/saner amount. Apparently not.

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