Film coated tablets - to crush or not to crush? That is the question.
Okay, I am naive. We've always crushed tablets in our house for as long as I can remember especially if they were difficult to swallow.
But medicine, science, research, technology, ... moves on and now my naive understanding runs like this:
If it says FILM COATED TABLET then do not crush, cut or compromise the tablet in any shape, manner or form. Contact GP and consult for a solution
So why, oh why does it not state on the box that the tablet should not be cut or crushed?
Even the documentation in the box says/states nothing about the possible dangers of compromising a film coating.
Please could someone or some organisation with clout make it mandatory that tablets not to be crushed or cut are clearly - ever so clearly - marked as that?
My present understanding is that film coated tablets are made like that so the tablet starts to slowly release stuff deeper into the digestive tract whereas its crushed version will have sudden release higher up in the digestive tract.