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- by Acarter2618 May 15, '10Is there an inexpensive alternative to the giant potassuim pills? Big pills can't be crushed and they are too big to swallow.
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- May 15, '10 by chenoaspiritI 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.
- May 15, '10 by FaeriewandCan they be cut in half? I've seen other nurses do that. I've also seen patients swallow the whole darn thing as if it were no big deal! LOL
- May 15, '10 by mindlorQuote from FaeriewandPharm 101Can they be cut in half? I've seen other nurses do that. I've also seen patients swallow the whole darn thing as if it were no big deal! LOL
A tab cannot be sectioned unless the manufaturer of the tab has prescored the tab for this purpose.
Trying to break a non-scored tab into smaller pieces will result in dosing errors as the distribution of the active ingredient cannot be predicted throughout the body of the tablet.
If a tablet is misused by attempting to section it when the manufacturer has not intended the tab to be used in this way this will be considered a med error......
- May 15, '10 by CoffeemateCNAMy LTC gets potassium capsules, opens them, and empties the contents into applesauce for administration.
- May 15, '10 by NC29momthey 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).
- May 15, '10 by canoeheadI crush them, or cut them in half. It's not a med error if you give them the whole thing anyway. (Duh.)