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Can I crush the fast acting add/adhd tablet if my child won't swallow it?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree

In brief: It Depends

The answer absolutely depends upon the preparation and which medication.
Some meds are able to be sprinkled. Some cannot. Some can not be crushed. This can not be answered except by your doctor or pharmacist for your specific medication.

In brief: It Depends

The answer absolutely depends upon the preparation and which medication.
Some meds are able to be sprinkled. Some cannot. Some can not be crushed. This can not be answered except by your doctor or pharmacist for your specific medication.
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2 comments
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Some preparations are even tested to be used as sprinkles in applesauce
Dr. Kristi Kohl
Other options include preparing a bolus of solid food (bread or crackers) and then pushing the pill inside when it's ready to swallow. Many kids to better trying to swallow solid food instead of trying to deal with the combination of solid pill and liquid and then the pill gets stuck or causes the child to gag.
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Generally, yes.

There are a number of meds that people may consider an add med, so look into the specific med you are taking.
But yes, generally short-acting tablets can be broken or crushed.This is 1 question that a pharmacist may be competent to handle. The med may take effect more quickly, and may make the child feel too abrupt an onset. Using a crushed tablet also may slightly shorten the duration of effect.

In brief: Generally, yes.

There are a number of meds that people may consider an add med, so look into the specific med you are taking.
But yes, generally short-acting tablets can be broken or crushed.This is 1 question that a pharmacist may be competent to handle. The med may take effect more quickly, and may make the child feel too abrupt an onset. Using a crushed tablet also may slightly shorten the duration of effect.
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

You can crush the tablets if necessary.
You can also ask your pediatrician about a liquid forms of stimulants such as Procentra - dextroamphetamine and Quillivant - methylphenidate (Ritalin).

In brief: Yes

You can crush the tablets if necessary.
You can also ask your pediatrician about a liquid forms of stimulants such as Procentra - dextroamphetamine and Quillivant - methylphenidate (Ritalin).
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

If it's amphetamine/dextroamphetamine salts (adderall) or methylphenidate (ritalin), yes it can be crushed and administered in non acidic foods, such as ice cream or whipped cream. Guanfacine and Clonidine may also be crushed and administered in any convenient substance such as applesauce, jelly, peanut butter.
Strattera (atomoxetine) may be administered in this fashion as well, but the package insert cautions.

In brief: Depends

If it's amphetamine/dextroamphetamine salts (adderall) or methylphenidate (ritalin), yes it can be crushed and administered in non acidic foods, such as ice cream or whipped cream. Guanfacine and Clonidine may also be crushed and administered in any convenient substance such as applesauce, jelly, peanut butter.
Strattera (atomoxetine) may be administered in this fashion as well, but the package insert cautions.
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