I have a feeding tube an have a large quality of the tablets that say do not crush! My only other option is the capsules I have on hand . I open an put in water but it does not go down the feeding tube that well! I do not want to buy more of the med in a liquid form?
Did you try emptying the capsules into hot water? Then let it sit for about 10 min. You must have a small tube. The advantage to changing to one that comes in liquid is that insurance might pay for that. I know that zsntac and pepcid comes in liquid,i don't know about prilosec.
It is not recommended to crush tablets that say DO NOT CRUSH. The main reason for this is because they are timed release tablets. If you crush them, you defeat the time release mechanism and you could release too much medication at once which can be very dangerous with some medications. You really should talk to your Dr about substituting drugs that can be crushed or liquid formulations. You may have to take them more often since liquids are not time release of course. Your insurance should cover them if it is because you need to put them in a tube and they are not crushable. Your Dr may need to contact your insurance company for this. I know it is a financial burden to have to replace these meds but it is likely cheaper than getting an overdose and winding up in the hospital.
- Prilosec Information for Consumers
- Prilosec Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prilosec (detailed)
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