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Old 12-02-2012, 09:05 AM
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I am having trouble finding any real information about expiration dates of antibiotic creams. I would like to stock up a little on some basic tube form antibiotic cream or ointment. I know many medicines or antibiotics loose potency after some amount of time. Im still using tripple antibiotic cream that expired in 01 and it still appears to work okay.

Any information on actual expiration or potency decline per amount of time. Or better yet which ones are better for stock piling.
Old 12-02-2012, 09:22 AM
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I hope you don't feel like I'm hijacking your thread since I don't really know the answer to your question, but I wanted to mention an antibiotic that WON'T expire. If you keep raw honey in the house it is the best antibiotic out there and won't expire. It's a little messier than regular creams, but well worth it. My mother had a diabetic sore on her stomach that would NOT go away. She took multiple courses of oral antibiotic along with multiple different Prescription creams and it wouldn't heal. I finally got her to try using honey on it. After about a week of using the honey on there (honey on bandage, put on sore and leave until changing) a couple times a day her sore was healed. I also used it on some bad road rash and deep sore from a motorcycle accident. Most places healed up with no scar, except for the deep sore on foot, it has scar but healed nicely. I burned myself cooking a month or so ago and had heard that honey is good for that and after keeping it on ice and every time the ice was melted it would start hurting again I said what the heck it's honey time. I put the honey on the burn (probably a real nice 1st degree) and put a bandage over it. The next morning you could see the slightest outline of the burn and there was NO pain or other symptoms of the burn, it was simply gone except for that faint outline. I vote for team honey.
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I have heard (can't recall the episode, but was a guest on Jack's podcast a long while ago) that tablets have at least 7 years over the expiry, but that any creams, liquid etc should be used up very soon after the expiry date.
It was a study/test/something done by the Us Gov as basically they didn't want to have to throw out a huge stockpile of out of date meds. I recall the only reason the date was set to at least 7 years for tablets, is because that's the oldest meds they had.
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I've used expired antibiotic creams and they will work but the potency is definitely less.

Agree with the honey response. Used it too. Might want to check out manuka honey - pricey but works really well but not as tasty as regular honey if you eat it.
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I suspect that with creams/ointments you have moisture that helps to degrade the chemicals over time, plus moisture could promote growth/contamination in the tube when they do start losing their potency. We have used past expiration date though with postive responses, but dont' remember how long past it was.
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I've used expired antibiotic creams and they will work but the potency is definitely less.

Agree with the honey response. Used it too. Might want to check out manuka honey - pricey but works really well but not as tasty as regular honey if you eat it.
Not really worth the extra money since manuka is so nasty tasting you can't eat it (Dual Purpose). As long as you get raw honey from a local beekeeper you will be fine. The local part isn't important as far as being antibiotic, it's about making sure you know the beekeeper and the honey is raw. Just don't go buying a jug of honey at walmart and think it's going to work as well.
I think the Manuka is more about marketing than about actually being THAT much more effective against things. I mean what else are you going to do with your honey if it tastes that aweful. LOL
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thanks for all the responses. It would really be interesting to know the 50 percent effectiveness time for unopened tubes. If i run across any info, i will post it.
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or just buy Silver ointment, or colloidal silver. Or make your own.

Or make your own antibiotic ointment:
Building Your Medicine Chest: First-Aid Antiseptic Ointment - http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/...ptic-ointment/

I use the same basic recipe but add echinacea and garlic.

Oil of oregano works well also.
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Colloidal Silver Atoms works great externally or internally. Because the particles are the size of an atom they seep in right through the skin cells. The Highest PPM achievable for silver atoms can range from 3000 to 18,000 PPM,
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