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I know we arent supposed to crush them, but you can dissolve them in water. Eat foots high in potassium. I dont know why those darn pills are so BIG. Dang, they are as big as horse pills. Ive had patients get choked on them. There is a liquid potassium also.
they do make smaller kdur 10meq pills that may be easier to swallow whole. we put the large one in a plastic dosing cup, add water, then pour water off and let sit. the pills will dissolve. we then add pudding or applesauce and administer. the liquid is also a good alternative, it's orange and when added to oj isn't too bad. the only thing is you have to mix with at least 4oz of liquid (i think).
Thanks for all of your posts! I am wondering if the tablets are dissolved are they more rapidly absorbed? Do they cause GI problems ? Also any ideas on the expense of different pills. I work in a dementia unit and cost is a factor.
Crushing these pills can be dangerous because they are more rapidly absorbed and can cause GI problems. It might not be a med errror but it isn't good for patients. The pills are huge and for a 90 lb 100 year old woman they are huge!