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Can Suboxone strips go bad?

The FDA drug approval of buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) is for 12 months. While the FDA stated policy is to avoid using expired medications, talk to your pharmacist about whether you might still be able to use Suboxone after its expiration date has passed. How long the medication remains safe and effective depends on many factors, including how and where the medication is stored. Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) should be stored at room temperature, at about 77°F (25°C), and protected from moisture and prolonged exposure to light. As with all medicines, keep them out of the reach of children.

Medically Reviewed By Elena Hill, MD, MPH

Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.

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