Can you use expired Dulcolax? 

Can you use expired Dulcolax? 

It is not recommended to take Dulcolax which has been expired for over a year. However, if the drug has recently expired, you can take it. Dulcolax does not become toxic once it expires, but it starts to lose its potency over time. 

It doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, it can take years for a drug to lose its efficacy, but there’s no way to tell how much potency is left.

What are the dangers associated with the use of expired Dulcolax?

There isn’t any reported health risk associated with the use of expired Dulcolax. However, the drug does become ineffective with time and there is literally no way to tell when that happens. 

That’s the thing with expiry dates as manufacturers can’t guarantee the safety and efficacy of drugs past their expiration dates(1). This is why it’s best to stick to the medication that is still in effect if you wish to achieve your desired therapeutic goals. 

What to do if you have taken expired Dulcolax?

You don’t need to worry if you have taken expired Dulcolax as the drug does not cause any toxicity. If you have expired Dulcolax and you’re struggling with your bowel movements, you can try and take one. 

If the drug is still potent, it will show some results. If it has lost its potency, it will not do anything, neither good nor bad. It is also important to make sure that you do not cut or crush Dulcolax tablets, as it can also affect your treatment goals.

Proper storage and handling of Dulcolax to extend shelf life

  • Dulcolax should be stored in a cool, dry place away from moisture and direct sunlight. Avoid storing Dulcolax in humid areas such as the bathroom.
  • The med should be kept in its original packaging until it is ready to be used. This can help to protect the medication from exposure to air and light.
  • Avoid buying a Dulcolax with a short expiry date. It could happen if you purchase from an old batch of this medication.
  • Do not let the medication sit out for too long before consuming it.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Don’t Be Tempted to Use Expired Medicines. Available from: