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Question 1: I have difficulty swallowing large pills. Can I crush them instead?
If your pill is made to be released immediately in the body, you can safely crush it. However, if your pill is designed to be released slowly throughout the day, you shouldn’t crush it.
Some pills are also coated for protection from stomach acid. If you crush these pills, they will be destroyed and will not be effective.
In addition, if you crush a pill that is supposed to be swallowed, it can cause unpleasant tastes and mouth irritations.
Always speak with your pharmacist if you have trouble swallowing large pills.
Your pharmacist can help you decide whether to crush pills, use smaller ones, or switch to a liquid form or another medicine.
Question 2: I’m on multiple medications and I sometimes forget to take them. What are some ways to help me remember?
Turn it into a Game
Next time you take your meds, flip the bottle upside down for each medication you take. Return the bottles upright at the end of the day and repeat.
Stick to a Schedule
If you get used to taking your medications at certain times of the day it becomes part of your routine.
Use a Pill Organizer
Just make sure to ask your pharmacist if you can put all your pills in the pillbox. Some pills come in pre-packaged blisters and have to stay in the original package.
Set An Alarm
You can set the alarm on your watch or phone. There are even apps that help you take the right medication at the right time.
Recruit A Family Member
You can ask your family, friends, and even children for help!
For example, one of our patients has a grandchild who has been reminding him to take his meds every day for the past 2 years! In fact, this experience brought them closer together.
If you or a loved one are into the newest technology, this is for you!
There are some high tech bottle caps that:
- use built-in alarms
- record every time the bottle was opened
- have a weight sensor to make sure the full dose was taken
Question 3: I’m on the same medication. Why do my new pills look different than my old ones?
If your new pills are from a different manufacturer, they will not look exactly like your old ones. Our experts are always happy to help you if you need to learn more about your medications.
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