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A 36-year-old member asked:

What to do if i cannot barely swallow a little pill. i cannot swallow this one. can i crush it and put it in water and drink it?

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Dr. Kristel Hunt
Hepatology 24 years experience
Depends on the pill: some are coated for protection and the protection is all you lose. some can be time-release or ph-release and you crushing it makes it lose the efficacy entirely. if you can't swallow a 'little pill' you may have real issues. discuss workup with your PCP/ GI docs and also with the prescribing physician whether there are alternatives to the pill prescribed.
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