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Does chewing a tablet reduce its effect?

Does chewing a tablet reduce its effect?

Depends: For some medications, chewing it does not matter. For some medications that are timed released, chewing them could alter the way the medication works. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information. ...Read more

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Is it bad to chew a hydrochlorothiazide tablet?

Is it bad to chew a hydrochlorothiazide tablet?

No: If it is just hydrochlorothiazine, it is immediate release and therefore is ok to crush or chew. ...Read more

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Would it be acceptable to chew mirtazapine tablets?

Would it be acceptable to chew mirtazapine tablets?

May not be advised : Most medications are meant to be taken as directed. The mechanism behind the release , metabolism and blood level of the drug can depend on its design which can include the coating and form among other things . For some medications cutting, crushing or chewing can destroy the active drug and for others it may cause too rapid & too high blood levels.Please check with your doc &/or pharmacist. ...Read more

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Are you supposed to chew or swallow centrum tablets?

Two Types: They make two types so it depends on which one you have. The regular ones should be swallowed and the orange "chewable" ones should obviously be chewed. ...Read more

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I have shoulder pain sometimes, should i take surbex z tablet ,and is it possible to chew that tablet?

I have shoulder pain sometimes, should i take surbex z tablet ,and is it possible to chew that tablet?

Why?: Surbex Z is a multi vitamin. It is going to nothing for your shoulder pain and there is no reason to chew it because it is going to taste nasty. ...Read more

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Is it better to swallow or chew vitamin B12 tablets to maximize absorption?

Is it better to swallow or chew vitamin B12 tablets to maximize absorption?

It does not matter: I would say that there is no reason to chew the tablet, but either way absorption should not be affected either way. ...Read more

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Can you chew aspiron-500 azithromycin tablets and it still cure chlamydia?

Can you chew aspiron-500 azithromycin tablets and it still cure chlamydia?

Pills are meant to: be swallowed whole- not chewed! Available in liquid form: where did you get the idea of chewing zithromax? ...Read more

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What antihistamines work the fastest and are most effective ? With the tablets do you chew them or take with water ?

Antihistamines: Most antohistamines work wothin 30-45 minutes, if taken orally it does not speed their effect, either chewed or swallowed, mit is faster if given intravenous. ...Read more

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What to do if I cannot swallow pills and I was wondering if it'd be okay to chew a pramipexole 0.25 mg tablet?

What to do if I cannot swallow pills and I was wondering if it'd be okay to chew a pramipexole 0.25 mg tablet?

Yes, : yes it should be fine to chew or crush the tablet only if its not a delayed release tablet of the medication. Okay with Mirapex (pramipexole) but not with Mirapex (pramipexole) ER. ...Read more

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If someone has symptoms of a stroke or TIA is it better to chew a 300mg aspirin tablet or a 500mcg gnt tablet before the ambulance arrives?

If someone has symptoms of a stroke or TIA is it better to chew a 300mg aspirin tablet or a 500mcg gnt tablet before the ambulance arrives?

Would not recommend: Best not to use any agent which affects blood coagulation prior to er visit, as this could prevent the doctors giving you the one agent which may help reverse the stroke, and that is tpa, (alteplase) thromboplastin activator. Combination of such blood coag products can clearly increase risk of intracranial hemorrhage. ...Read more

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Our 7 mo old is struggling with pain from teething. We tried cold chew toys. Are natural teething tablets (Hylands) safe? Effective? Others remedies?

Our 7 mo old is struggling with pain from teething. We tried cold chew toys. Are natural teething tablets (Hylands) safe? Effective? Others remedies?

Teething: Pain from teething canbe relieved by a cold wash cloth used as a teether and or Acetaminiophen given every 6 hourly if needed and the child is very irritable and crying . Not known how effective and safe are natural teething tablets. ...Read more

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I have taken Zoloft (sertraline) tablets (powder variety) for more thanthree years. I have trouble swallowing and i often bite/halfthem as they are scored in the middle. Is it okay to chew orhalf the tablets?

I have taken Zoloft (sertraline) tablets (powder variety) for more thanthree years. I have trouble swallowing and i often bite/halfthem as they are scored in the middle. Is it okay to chew orhalf the tablets?

Zoloft (sertraline): Yes. What matters is your response to the medication. If you have been taking it for a long time and have been having a good response to it, there is no reason to consider changing. ...Read more

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Can i take an asprin for a pain? How much is ok? My mom has tablets that are 325 mg each, is that fine to just chew one ? Im 19 & don't have a virus

Yes: Aspirin is a good medication to relieve pain and inflammation. I would however not recommend chewing it, that is typically reserved for patients having heart attacks. The one thing is that it probably not a good medication to take chronically since it has very high potential for GI upset/bleeding. Other anti-inflammatories more appropriate to take longer are advil/ibuprofen or aleve/naproxyn. ...Read more

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What are the little chewable tablet the dentist would give you to chew after your brushed your teeth?

What are the little chewable tablet the dentist would give you to chew after your brushed your teeth?

Disclosing Tabs: They are basically food coloring that stains the bacteria still left on your teeth... Used to show patients how poor a job they were doing of brushing their teeth. Really just a teaching aid. ...Read more