Quick Answer: What Medications Should Not Be Crushed?

Can slow-release tablets be crushed?

Slow-release tablets are generally intended to be swallowed whole.

They should not be crushed, split, or chewed.

If a slow-release tablet is crushed, split, or chewed, a large amount of the medicine may be released all at once.

This could cause serious harm..

Can ibuprofen be crushed?

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not break, crush, divide, or chew it. This medicine contains ibuprofen. Do not take this medicine with other products containing ibuprofen.

Why do you think XR ENT Dr SR and SL tablets should never be crushed?

Sustained-release drugs also should not be crushed or chewed before swallowing because doing so will cause the dangerously rapid absorption of a large dose that was intended to be released slowly over many hours.

How do you take pills if you can’t swallow them?

Fill a plastic water or soda bottle with water. Put the tablet on your tongue and close your lips tightly around the bottle opening. Take a drink, keeping contact between the bottle and your lips and using a sucking motion to swallow the water and pill. Don’t let air get into the bottle.

What happens if you crush iron pills?

If crushed, the medicine may not work correctly and may even cause harm (such as irritate the stomach lining or be released too quickly into the bloodstream) so be sure to consult your pharmacist before crushing and taking any medication.

When Should tablets not be crushed?

Some medicines should not be crushed because this will alter the absorption or stability of the medicine or it may cause a local irritant effect or unacceptable taste. Sometimes the exposure of powder from crushing medicines may cause occupational health and safety risks to staff.