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    Tylenol 3 Shelf Life?

    How long do T3s last?

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    I don't have the bottle here in front of me.
    They're left over from my wizdum toof extraction a couple of years back.
    I've got one tooth now that requires a root canal somethin' serious and Advil Extra Srength aren't cutting it anymore.
    I don't wanna buy more if these are still good.


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    To start, I am not familiar with Health Canada regulations nor I am specifically familiar with the degradation products of acetaminophen or codeine. I have noticed a spate of recent recalls for Tylenol 3, but they were mostly or entirely suspensions IIRC.

    Pharmacy bottles don't provide very good protection, so (in the US at least) most prescriptions are labeled with an expiration date of 12 month from the time of dispensation. Of course this may be less if the bulk drug has a shorter expiration date. In your case the bulk drug could be over four years old by now. It is never good practice to use expired drugs, so I would get a new prescription. (Follow the dosing directions and be sure to keep well hydrated.) And of course, stop everything not crucial in your life to take care of your health first!
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    Call your pharmacist. His advice would be far more valuable then any we can give you.
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    drugs don't usually become toxic or anything, they just become ineffective over time

    just buy some new stuff dude, i'm sure you can get mad prescriptions for the work you're getting done

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    Quote Originally Posted by honold
    just buy some new stuff dude, i'm sure you can get mad prescriptions for the work you're getting done
    Plus, being Canadian, you can buy aspirin + codeine over the counter if you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honold
    drugs don't usually become toxic or anything, they just become ineffective over time
    Not usually, but some degradants are toxic, especially to people who are sensitive, or not young, healthy adults The shelf life of drugs is currently established through stability testing according to ICH guideline Q1A(R2). Many drug products are stable for longer than the labeled expiration date. For example, at the time a new drug is submitted for approval, there may only be enough real-time data to support an expiry period of 24-36 months. Later there maybe sufficient data to support approval of a 5-year expiry period, but the manufacturer may choose to label the product with a 3- or 4-year expiry period for marketing, liability and/or logistics reasons. Tablets are generally more stable than suspensions or solutions, but when the primary container seal has been broken actual environmental conditions can vary widely. The worst thing to do is leave tablets/capsules in open conditions for long periods of time. Pill boxes (e.g., the seven-day type) should also be avoided for long-term storage as they offer little to no protection from moisture and oxgen ingress.
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    Thanks, guys...

    I guess I can survive on Advils till Monday morning.


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    Well, as it turns out, I had to wait 'till tuesday, and I've got a whole new bottle of T3s to ease me through the (reportedly) painful after-effects of my root canal.
    It took some 12 injections of Lidocaine to freeze up #36 but once it was out it was out cold and I was transformed from a yellow-bellied coward to a fascinated participant in my own oral surgery.
    Let's hope the temporary filling holds till next Wednesday, when they put in the porcelain.

    One down. Three to go.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Piyono
    One down. Three to go.


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    You need four root canals? Dare I ask how old you are?

    Could it be that one of the teeth was #32? Most humans have no more than 32 teeth.
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    I'll be 27 in August...
    Regular checkups are not my thing.
    I've got a nice smile and a high tolerance for pain, so a little neglegence goes a long way in the mollars.

    I mean tooth number three-six, in FDI notation -- lower left jaw, sixth tooth from the front incisor.
    http://199.245.200.128/66-2-96/peck.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piyono
    I'll be 27 in August...
    Regular checkups are not my thing.
    I've got a nice smile and a high tolerance for pain, so a little neglegence goes a long way in the mollars.
    My dental history is, well, similar. I didn't go to the dentist for something like ten years and I like eating sweets. One day I realized my home-made attempts to alleviate pain, including my lame attempts at fillings, weren't cutting it any more. This was when I was 29. One year and $7,000 later I ended up with 1 extraction(#31), fillings on 9 teeth(#2,3,14,15,17,20,29,30,32), root canals on 4(#1, 18, 19, 21), 3 crowns(#18, 19, 21), and one bridge(#30,31,32). I haven't been to the dentist in seven years, but I don't feel any pain so it's likely I just need a cleaning and maybe a filling or two. Considering my neglect it's amazing that I have all my teeth save the one replaced by the bridge and 1 wisdom tooth.

    BTW, I'm surprised you need any pain medication after the root canal. I took penicillin afterwards but nothing else. I usually don't even bother with needles while I'm getting dental work. I've had all my fillings done without any pain killers whatsoever and one root canal as well(the nerve was already dead). I will take a needle for an extraction or most root canals but it's only at my dentist's insistence. I kind of like the mind over matter thing that let's me cope with the pain. Maybe I'm a masochist at heart.
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    No pain, no b....

    j/k

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtr1962
    I kind of like the mind over matter thing that let's me cope with the pain. Maybe I'm a masochist at heart.
    I kind of like the matter-over-matter thing that completely eliminates the pain. Maybe I'm just a sissy at heart...


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    Quote Originally Posted by LunarMist
    Could it be that one of the teeth was #32? Most humans have no more than 32 teeth.
    I have only 24 teeth left. But I'm odd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtr1962
    Quote Originally Posted by Piyono
    I'll be 27 in August...
    Regular checkups are not my thing.
    I've got a nice smile and a high tolerance for pain, so a little neglegence goes a long way in the mollars.
    My dental history is, well, similar. :( I didn't go to the dentist for something like ten years and I like eating sweets. One day I realized my home-made attempts to alleviate pain, including my lame attempts at fillings, weren't cutting it any more. This was when I was 29. One year and $7,000 later I ended up with 1 extraction(#31), fillings on 9 teeth(#2,3,14,15,17,20,29,30,32), root canals on 4(#1, 18, 19, 21), 3 crowns(#18, 19, 21), and one bridge(#30,31,32). I haven't been to the dentist in seven years, but I don't feel any pain so it's likely I just need a cleaning and maybe a filling or two. Considering my neglect it's amazing that I have all my teeth save the one replaced by the bridge and 1 wisdom tooth.

    BTW, I'm surprised you need any pain medication after the root canal. I took penicillin afterwards but nothing else. I usually don't even bother with needles while I'm getting dental work. I've had all my fillings done without any pain killers whatsoever and one root canal as well(the nerve was already dead). I will take a needle for an extraction or most root canals but it's only at my dentist's insistence. I kind of like the mind over matter thing that let's me cope with the pain. Maybe I'm a masochist at heart. :wink:
    I'm the same...it's been several years (7 or 8) since I've been to a dentist and your post is compelling enough to have me make an appointment. I really dislike going to the dentist for some reason...they never seem to have good news after a visit.

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    Like Shaw said, youth is wasted on the young. *sigh*

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    I have all of my teeth including my wisdom teeth. I refused to let those go. Everytime I go to the dentist, who just so happens to be my best friend's dad, he finds about 3 more cavities. I hate getting fillings put in. Maybe if I stop going to the dentist then I won't have to have any more cavities filled.

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    I have very few cavities and I've lost not no teeth to sport (which is a miracle). My predicament is due to the confluence of genes resulting in big teeth and a small mouth. Dozer would probably say I hvae a big mouth though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timwhit
    I have all of my teeth including my wisdom teeth. I refused to let those go.
    You would have had to if all four wisdom teeth were impacted.

    I wonder if I am the only here who brushes his teeth over 20 times per week and has a professional cleaning every four months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LunarMist
    Quote Originally Posted by timwhit
    I have all of my teeth including my wisdom teeth. I refused to let those go.
    You would have had to if all four wisdom teeth were impacted.

    I wonder if I am the only here who brushes his teeth over 20 times per week and has a professional cleaning every four months.
    2 to 3 times a day here... haven't had a professional cleaning in a while though... do you use an electric toothbrush or regular? mouthwash? floss twice a day or just once... or less?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blakerwry
    2 to 3 times a day here... haven't had a professional cleaning in a while though... do you use an electric toothbrush or regular? mouthwash? floss twice a day or just once... or less?
    Is this a poll?

    I use the older-style Braun Ultra Plaque Remover, but I am looking for something lighter weight for travel. The Braun uses an inductive charger that must be taken on extended trips. I would love to have an electric toothbrush that charges through a USB port!

    I can only floss some of my teeth because the molars are too crowded. In recent years I began rinsing with Act.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LunarMist
    I wonder if I am the only here who brushes his teeth over 20 times per week and has a professional cleaning every four months.
    I got into the habit of brushing my teeth a few times a day after I spent over $7,000 on dental work. As for cleanings, the last one was in 1994(I think). Hopefully I'll have good news when I go for my next check up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LunarMist
    I would love to have an electric toothbrush that charges through a USB port!
    Available in Japan.

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    I have seen links to that USB-powered toothtbrush, but it does not contain batteries. Who wants to brush their teeth next to a $2600 notebook? And who takes their notebook into the loo? (OK, that last one was rhetorical; don't answer.)

    That got me thinking about other USB-powered devices.
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