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Bonine (expired)

Postby Jason B. » Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:27 pm

I'm getting ready to head for the coast and looked in my cabinet to get my box of Bonine. It just expired (12/2007).

Should I get more or do you think it will still be okay to use?

Thanks.
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Postby DuckDiver » Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:40 pm

It should be OK. At worst, the active ingredient could become inactive but it will not harm you.

That being said, I might get a new box just for peace of mind.
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Re: Bonine (expired)

Postby Bob B » Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:41 pm

Jason B. wrote:I'm getting ready to head for the coast and looked in my cabinet to get my box of Bonine. It just expired (12/2007).

Should I get more or do you think it will still be okay to use?

Thanks.


I think you'll be fine since I have plenty in my dive bag.. ;)

But yours will be fine too..

What the hell does an ex-navy dude need bonine for? :D
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Postby SparticleBrane » Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:47 pm

Remember my bad experience when I was last on the coast, using expired stuff? I wouldn't risk it...8)
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Postby fpsndiver » Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:49 pm

Expired bonine? How did that happen? Hopefully see you guys out there...looking at the forecast, doubt you'll need the bonine.

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Postby Jason B. » Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:10 pm

SparticleBrane wrote:Remember my bad experience when I was last on the coast, using expired stuff? I wouldn't risk it...8)


Forgot about that. :shock:
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Postby slaterson19 » Fri Jan 04, 2008 8:52 pm

Bonine is a ripoff. Get some Meclizine. 100 pills for like 9 bucks. It lasts me all summer long.
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Postby David » Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:09 pm

I have a bottle of ginger, which is also helpful for motion sick people....they give it out a lot on cruise ships now.
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Re: Bonine (expired)

Postby Steve_Campbell » Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:04 am

Jason B. wrote:I'm getting ready to head for the coast and looked in my cabinet to get my box of Bonine. It just expired (12/2007).

Should I get more or do you think it will still be okay to use?

Thanks.


There's usually a safety margin for medicine deadlines. Going over by just a few days should not matter.
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Postby Herman » Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:21 am

slaterson19 wrote:Bonine is a ripoff. Get some Meclizine. 100 pills for like 9 bucks. It lasts me all summer long.


Shoot thats expensive, generic Bonine $5/100.

Only 2007....last bottle I had was 2005. It will be fine.
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Postby Charlie J » Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:55 am

Jason - expiration dates on pharmaceuticals are calculated by lab testing that either shows or predicts when the stated amount of active ingredient(s) fall below the allowable range for the stated amount with age. So - since most organic chemicals deteriorate with time, the expiration date is about the time the active ingredient has deteriorated to the minimum level (within tolerance) stated on the label.

Bottom line - most shelf stable drugs are good well beyond the stated expiration date. - However, if you don't store them according to the stated conditions, they may not maintain their active levels even that long.

Please note that Bonine (meclizine) as well as the other motion sickness drugs are antihistamines. Their main side effect is drowsiness.

That said - I took it early on in my dive career until I felt it wasn't necessary for me. My brother routinely takes it for ANY offshore trip.
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Postby slaterson19 » Sat Jan 05, 2008 10:16 am

Yea, it can make you pretty drowsy. We always say "who rolled the grenade into the cabin" because everyone is usually passed out on the ride back in.
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Postby fpsndiver » Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:58 pm

didn't need it today, ocean was a millpond
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