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Hello, quick question here:

Say, for instance, that I buy EC just to have on hand if I ever need it. How long is it good for, and does it have an expiration date? Also, if I don't use it, and it's about to expire, is there somewhere that I could donate it so someone else could use it and it wouldn't go to waste?


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Hi Moon_goddess,

Like most medications, E.C. has an expiry date. You can make sure, when buying it, that this date is far in the future so that you'll not have to worry about replacing it too soon.

I'm not really sure that there's anywhere to donate soon-to-be-expired medication, since there'd be a lot of liability concerns with that particularly with the medication coming from a private individual, rather than pharmacy or manufacturer. Concerns such as whether the medication has been stored properly.


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It does expire, like pretty much all medication. There should be a date printed on the outside of the box. It would depend how long it's already been in storage at the pharmacy, but very roughly speaking, that date is likely to be somewhere between one and three years from when you get it. Obviously, as with any medication, you'll want to store it correctly, according to the instructions on the box. With EC, that's in a dry place, away from direct sunlight and not in very high or low temperatures.

I don't know about any donation schemes, but I think it would be highly unlikely that you could donate it. The problem with passing on medication is that the person receiving it can't know if it's been stored correctly or not, and the chance of medication not being effective any more is just not a chance that anyone wants or should have to take.

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