Crushed With Juice?

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Gina Says:
Can I crush my non-chewable amoxicillin pills and put them in orange juice? Do you know if it will be as effective? I hate swallowing pills.

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Suz E Says:
Well if pills are not extended release than maybe crushing wont make any differnce. Because it would dissolve. I think a doctor should know this one.

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Verwon Says:
Actually you can do this with a pill if you wish, as long as it isn't a time released, delayed, or extended release version. However, be careful what juice you take it with, as grapefruit juice can affect the efficacy of some meds.

However, as I said, you can take regular pills any way you wish, as long as they aren't a controlled release version, some people have trouble swallowing pills and hospitals and personal care homes routinely crush them for people who need to do that.

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Verwon Says:
On a further note, any pill that is in a controlled release form and should not be released into your body all at once will clearly have such marked on the drug monograph and sometimes a sticker stating such on the label.

For instance, my generic version of MS Contin says DO NOT CHEW OR CRUSH but my Oxycodone IR does not, I can open that capsule and mix it into something if I need to do so.

Regular release pills that are not extended, take around 20 minutes or so to dissolve and start hitting your blood stream, so when you crush a pill, you might get it into your body at a faster rate, but when it is a not a dangerous drug, such as the MS Contin I take, where getting the whole dose at once could cause OD, then you can crush a pill or open a capsule without any problems.

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