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Why do drugs expire?

Drug molecules, even when stored safely inside a tablet\capsule, inside a closed container, upon a high shelf (hopefully), are still exposed to the environment, and are thus exposed to all of the ...
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Are there detrimental health effects to drinking old tea?

Black tea can last almost forever. Health related detriments are potentially present already in fresh leaves. Risks added by storing tea for too long are first and foremost: taste deterioration. This ...
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Why do drugs expire?

Beside Don_S's very detailed answer I want to point out a few other things: At least in my country, drugs are not only synthetic chemical drugs. Drugs can also be biological or contain other non ...
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Can medicines which expired a month ago be consumed safely?

No one can be entirely certain, but most studies point in the direction of "yes", for instance The testing, conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ultimately covered more ...
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How long is stored tap water safe to be around (not drink)?

Water stored in jugs that are never opened could contain a dozen lethal diseases and as long as you left the jugs tightly closed they would be harmless. The danger comes when water containing ...
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Probiotic expired Oct 2013

I would go with the expiration on the package. If the package says that it can only last till June 2015 or other date, I wouldn't try go very far past that. Also, make sure the package is intact and ...
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How to check if condoms are good to use?

Fill them with water. If they leak, they're bad. Just keep in mind they're not meant to withstand pressure, so don't fill them to bursting. Use just enough water to show if there are any leaks.
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Can medicines which expired a month ago be consumed safely?

echoing what Fizz has stated. The shelf-life of medications depends on several competing factors. However, be advised that nutritional supplements are not approved by the FDA, so the aforementioned ...
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