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Topie: DOES METHADONE EXPIRE?
July 21st, 2009 08:56 PM
666lizz666 I HAS SAVED A BUNCH OF BOTTLES BUT FAILED TO ROTAIT THEM....MY LAST BOTTLE WAS ALMOST 9 MONTHS OLD AND HAD BLACK LIL FLOATIES IN IT. TASTED WEIRD TO, BUT I WAS TOLD BY THE CLINIC METHADONE HAS NO EXPERATION. WEIRD HUH? MAYBE IT WAS THE CHERRY FLAVOR STUFF THEY PUT IN TO MAKE IT TASTE BETTER....I DONT KNOW. HAS ANYONE HAD THIS HAPPEN BEFORE?
July 22nd, 2009 12:09 PM
Steener122 I duno't know, but my methadone always tastes stronger Sundays after its been sitting for only a day so 9 months probably does something to the taste at least.
July 22nd, 2009 12:56 PM
Marot The back floaties were prbably mold or bacteria. I hope you don't get sick. My Methadone bottles "did" have an expiration date, only I can't find an old one for the life of me, sorry. I've been on Suboxone for almost a year now.

Marot
July 22nd, 2009 04:00 PM
mike9158 Hi everyone,

Lizz, it's good to meet you. Welcome to our group. I didn't find any particular info on whether or not methadone "expires" or gets old. I doubt if anything too old could be good for you, but I don't believe "old" methadone will harm you in any major way. I used to refrigerate my "take homes" but I did know people who didn't...and they never had a bad side effects. I'm pretty sure the "floaties" you saw came from the cherry kool-aid used to mix the methadone. If I'm not mistaken, it is sugar-based.
Marot made a good point about it possibily being mold or bacteria, but if the methadone is kept in a sealed, air tight plastic bottle and has never been opened, I wouldn't think that would be a problem. I could be wrong though so wait and see what some others say.

Again, welcome to our group here. I hope you stay with us and post often. Take care all,

Mike9158
July 24th, 2009 12:13 AM
good4now From what I have read on another site, as long as your takehomes are are stored at atleast 41 degrees they do not lose any strength for 30 days. I don't know about after 30 days or about if they are at room temp. That is all it said. I would think it would be fine though. Most medications are good for up to one year so I don't know why ours would be any different.
July 24th, 2009 01:28 PM
dal33 There is an expiration on it, & I am sure that the black things you saw were like mine; & Marot said. I believe it's mold & it's probably from the water (tap water) that's added to the methadone. I've heard of some cliniks that don't use any water! Wish mine were that way! It's not even a law! It's a SUGGESTION that's made. Then lots of cliniks, states & individuals decided to make it "law". off topic! anyhow, I've had that happen to bottles that were my regular THs & were anywhere from 21 days or more! take care
July 24th, 2009 04:52 PM
Steener122 Yeah our clinic doesn't use water, its right out of the bottle. They have one of those big yellow water things at the dosing station if you want to add water or put some in the bottom of your cup after you drink it. I'm glad ours has no water because I don't water mine down. I do get the stuff out of the bottom of the cup though.
July 24th, 2009 06:34 PM
superjron Does adding water or the cherry stuff to the methadone dilute it at all, therefore not making it as strong or not getting the right dose?
July 25th, 2009 09:33 AM
mas215 Adding water doesn't change the strength of the methadone as long as you drink it all. You could add the methadone to a 2-liter bottle of water, as long as you drink the entire bottle.