Do enemas expire? 

Do enemas expire? 

Yes, enemas do expire. The packaging usually has an expiry date printed on it. An enema may outlive its shelf-life, but only if it is stored in ideal conditions.

I would not recommend using an enema once it has expired, as preparations with high moisture content easily become susceptible to bacterial growth. 

Enema which has physically degraded appears different. It may turn brown or change the consistency. If you notice any such thing, do not use that enema. 

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

An enema which has recently expired may not cause you any harm. In fact, expired enemas do not possess serious health risks, but they will not cause any beneficial effects. 

However, contaminated enemas can increase your risk of getting infected. This is why it’s best to not take any chances with your health and stick to unexpired medications, as expired ones have no guarantee regarding their safety and efficacy whatsoever (1). 

What to do if you have used an expired enema? 

As we have discussed, nothing may happen to you if you have accidentally used an expired enema so you don’t really have to do anything about it. However, you should immediately talk to your doctor if you feel any symptoms. 

It is not likely to get infected by using an expired enema, but it could happen. This is why you should always avoid using expired pharmaceutical preparations.

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Don’t Be Tempted to Use Expired Medicines [Internet]. Silver Spring (MD): U.S. Food and Drug Administration; 2021 [cited 2022 Oct 21]. Available from: