What's the Shelf Life of Cialis?


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Cialis (tadalafil) has a shelf life of three years, according to data on a generic version from the U.K.'s electronic medicines compendium (emc).

To find the shelf life of your supply of Cialis, look for the expiration date printed on its original packaging.

Is It Safe to Take Cialis Past Its Expiration Date?

In the words of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it's never okay to take expired medications. 

That's because just like fruit and vegetables, medicine goes bad over time. This includes all types of medicine, from over-the-counter aspirin to prescription drugs like Cialis.

So, what happens when medicine reaches its expiration date? As stated by the FDA, once a drug's expiration date has passed, it can no longer be guaranteed to be safe and effective.

For example, some drugs may be prone to bacterial growth, and many are at risk of losing their effectiveness. Additionally, the chemical composition of drugs may be altered with the passage of time, meaning that expired drugs could have adverse side effects.

In the end, it's always better to play it safe. If your supply of Cialis has expired, don't take it—instead, dispose of it properly as per the FDA's medicine disposal guidelines.  

How Do I Properly Store Cialis?

The way that you store your supply of Cialis matters. If stored correctly, it's more likely to remain effective and pure for the duration of its shelf life.

According to Eli Lilly and Company, the drug's manufacturer, Cialis should be stored at room temperature between 59 and 86. More specifically, the company recommends a temperature of 77.

MedlinePlus, the U.S. National Library of Medicine's online information service, has further recommendations for how to best store any prescription drug:

      Store your medicine in a cool, dry place, like a dresser drawer or closet.

      Avoid storing medicine in the bathroom where humid conditions are common.

      When possible, store your medicine in its original container.

      If your medicine came with a cotton ball in its bottle, remove the cotton ball as soon as possible.

Even if your medication isn't yet expired, refrain from taking it if you notice any of these red flags:

      A different smell, texture or color than before.

      Pills that are cracked or chipped.

      Pills that are sticking together.

      Pills that are harder or softer than usual.

If you have more questions about how to best store Cialis, don't hesitate to ask your local pharmacist.

 

 

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