Oral Dosage Forms That Should Not Be Crushed

 

Mistakes can occur when people have trouble swallowing a tablet or capsule and they try to chew, crush, break or mix the tablet or capsule in food or drink. The reason is certain medications have a special release mechanism designed to slowly release a certain amount of medication over a given extended time. If the medication is altered or destroyed in any way, the medication can be released too fast and cause a bad effect.

Click here for a list of medications that should be swallowed whole.

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