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I had a mild case of shingles this last may. I took

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I had a mild...

I had a mild case of shingles this last may. I took Valacyclovir 1 MG three times a day and it went away. Two days ago I started an ear ache that felt like the onstart of my previous shingles. I have a bottle of Valacyclovir that says "discard after 11/22/16." Can i take that until tomorrow, Monday, when i can call my doctor?

Doctor's Assistant: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?

No, Thyroid small dose, Zocor, 81 mg asperin, cytopram

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I have had some back surgeries some years ago, but i'm healthy

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr.Saleem, Doctor replied 11 months ago
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Hello and welcome to JA. Dr Saleem here. Will be answering you shortly

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Doctor: Dr.Saleem, Doctor replied 11 months ago

Well the earache could be due to ear infection itself. Its unwise / unnecessary to start valcyclovir before rash of shingles appears. Taking antibiotics without any evidence can lead to increased resistance developing in the pathogens involved.

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Doctor: Dr.Saleem, Doctor replied 11 months ago

hope it answered your query.

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Doctor: Dr Chip (M.D.), Doctor replied 11 months ago
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Hello I'm Dr Chip

No problem with starting the Valtrex now

The expiration date on the bottle doesn't mean it has really expired and won't be effective until you can see your doctor

Please let me know if you need any more information

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