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Crushed drugs mixed with food?

With age or disease, many patients have swallowing difficulties. Drugs are often crushed and mixed with food, but not without consequences on appetite or nutritional status

To facilitate drug intake, some tablets are sometimes crushed (or capsules opening) and mixed with food. Besides the fact that this practice could lead to pharmacological drawbacks (decrease of drug efficacy example of a gastro-resistant capsule for targeted action), it may also give a bad taste to foods. This preparation can result in a loss of appetite contributing to malnutrition in elderly patients.

Except in special medical cases, we should avoid as far as possible this practice to prevent side effects on eating habits and nutritional status.