• According to WebMD's article on medication safety, it is never a good idea to use medication, including Albuterol, past its expiration date, because the potency and ultimate safety cannot be verified by the consumer. However, WebMD's detailed breakdown of Albuterol's uses, interactions and cautions does not indicate there are any particular side effects associated with outdated Albuterol usage.

    Normal Side Effects

    WebMD's drug review of Albuterol lists no specific side effects associated with outdated Albuterol use. However, there are a number of normal side effects you may experience while taking the medication. They include dizziness, headaches, nervousness, trouble sleeping, tremors, and even dry or irritated throat or mouth.

    Expiration Misconceptions

    According to the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, expiration dates on most medications are indicators of full potency and safety of that drug. Except for nitroglycerin, insulin and liquid antibiotics, many drugs are both safe and effective when taken long after the expiration date indicated on the packaging.

    Albuterol Considerations

    RxList cautions Albuterol users to follow storage instructions on packaging to preserve the safety and effectiveness of the medication. Medication should be stored in its foil container away from light and heat (no warmer than 77 degrees F) and should never be used if the medication appears cloudy.

    Benefits of Effective Albuterol

    WebMd indicates that Albuterol is a bronchodilator medication. At regular potency, working effectively, it is prescribed to open breathing passages and relax muscles in the airways to control the symptoms of breathing problems associated with asthma and other bronchial illnesses.

    Expert Insight

    The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide suggests contacting your local pharmacist if your medication is expired, to address specific side effects or efficacy issues that may be associated with the prescription drug you are taking, including Albuterol.



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