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Q: Is it safe to take expired calcium, magnesium, and zinc caplets?

I have a bottle of 250 calcium, magnesium, and zinc caplets that expired in January 2004.

Are these safe to take? 

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Kenn Kihiu, Health Guide
5/ 2/09 4:41pm

Wow that was like 5 years ago. Expiration dates are there for a reason, personally I would not touch them. Most folks say it's about full potency of the drug, your body is too valuable to experiment.  Here is a good answer to a similar quesiton.

http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/4122.html

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G Deem, Community Member
11/19/09 2:16pm

If it is a mineral, it won't expire. The thing to think about is what has it been exposed to, over the years. If it has other ingredients in it such as fat soluable vitamins or energized vitamins like D then that portion may lose potency but minerals do not unless acted upon by some other substance. A rock made of a pure mineral can sit out in the rain for years and years and whatever is left for you to see is still good. It may dissolve with water and wash away but whatever is left is still good.

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Rich, Community Member
5/23/11 2:42am

They would be great for elderly urinary incontinence.  My grandmother took 10 yr old calcium, magnesium, and zinc caplets and the side effect was stopping it.  She did tests and trials on herself and her brother.  They are in their 80s/90s.

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