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Can medicines be crushed?

That depends. Some can, some cannot. Generally, if it is a standard medication, it *MAY* be able to be crushed. If it is an extended-release form (may have a suffix in the brand name like SR or ER; usually take once or twice a day compared to the standard form of the drug which may be more often), it cannot be crushed. The pill/tablet coating is what makes it extended-release and so if you crush, you have just converted it into the standard medication. Before you crush a medication, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Vitamins generally should not be crushed unless otherwise stated on the bottle or if it is chewable.

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