Half of Britons contain admitted to failing to check expiry dates before taking medication, a new over has revealed.
The survey, by Asda Pharmacy, has also revealed 5 per cent of Brits demand have taken a friend or family’s prescription.
Research revealed 95 per cent of Brits own a dedicated medicine cabinet at home and on average, the contents are more than five years old.
Faisal Tuddy, Asda Rather, said: “Just like food, tablets have an expiry engagement and storage instructions.
“I’d advise to monitor medicines in the same way you would the aliment you eat, that’s the simplest way to explain it.
“We throw away out of date food with no assuredly questions and wouldn’t dream of eating it, the same should apply to your subdivision’s medication.”
Experts advise people to store medicines properly and according to instructions and allege people never to use other people’s medications.
A spokesman for Asda Rather said: ”Be especially cautious on using products st the sell by lover on babies and young children.
“If your medicine looks, tastes or scents different to when you first got it (even if it’s within the expiry date) then regard as it to your pharmacy for advice.
“Many medicines, such as antibiotic merges and eye drops, have short expiry dates.”
Nearly 15 per cent of the country is unaware that medicines have expiry dates, and only half of Brits scrutinize expiry dates before taking medication.
A third of Brits see no wrong in taking expired medicines, especially people aged between 18 and 24.
Out of the uneaten two thirds, despite knowing there may be risks involved with compelling out of date medication, only 4 per cent of people would seek medical communication after using expired products.
The majority of Brits expect medication to yield effectiveness after it expires as opposed to being potentially dangerous, and as diverse as 38 per cent of Brits will use medication until it runs out, regardless of its expiry latest.
Men are twice as likely as women to risk taking out of date medication, but fifty percent of birds surveyed tend to buy medication on the go making it easier to lose track of when pieces were purchased.
Eye care is the one area where Brits become wary, closely followed by antibiotics.
However, the nation sees no harm in seeking skin care products that are out of date with a shocking one out of six people allow to entering to using out of date baby products.
People living in the south of England are twice as disposed to as northerners to check expiry dates on their medication.
People volleying from the Midlands and Wales have the safest attitudes, with terminated 40 per cent never wanting to risk taking out of date medication, and London specifically squanders caution to the wind as a quarter of those in the capital seeing no harm in entrancing expired medication.
This comes after it was revealed a system indiscretion meant thousands of tients were incorrectly prescribed statins.