Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256
The shelf life of Keflex? I have some here and it was dispensed 6-15-06 but I can't see the expiration date from where the kids peeled the label off. I called the ER and they said the only thing they could do is prescribe antibiotics and send me on my way. I figured if I had them here, why waist a trip
Ummm, why do you have left over antibiotics in your home? The idea behind antibiotics is to take them until the prescription is empty (IE: 7 or 10 days or whatever the duration was for) and not only until you are feeling better.
Just because you start to feel better doesn't mean the infection is gone. Bacteria use that to their advantage and develop immunity to antibiotics which is why we now have antibiotic resistant bacteria that nothing can cure and end up killing the person.
As for "shelf life". Not long. I would suggest throwing those out and getting a new prescription and making sure that you take all of them to make sure the infection is really gone.
Also, it's not advisable to take other people's prescriptions. Just because your Mom was prescribed Amox doesn't mean it's the right one for the infection you have. Bacteria are pretty smart. Some strains of bacteria are billions of years old, and they didn't live that long for nothing. They develop defenses against things that try to kill them. Please don't give them any more advantage than they already have by helping to create more antibiotic resistant strains