Can Multivitamin Tablets Be Consumed By Chewing?
The doctor wanted to ask, at that time I was a bit dizzy then went straight to the pharmacy to check cholesterol and sugar but it was normal. then recommended to take a multivitamin, but when the tablet is opened it’s big so I’m having trouble drinking. Can I take the tablet bitten / chewed? can it be dangerous? thanks
Good evening, thanks for the question
Some drugs are not recommended to be destroyed to make it easier to consume because it will change the absorption process of the drug.
Some examples of drug preparations that are not allowed to be destroyed:
1. Tablet with sugar membrane, aims to reduce the bitter taste of medicinal ingredients.
2. Tablets with enteric film coating, aiming that the drug is not destroyed when in contact with stomach acid so that the active substance can be absorbed in the intestine.
3. Tablets with polymer coating, aiming that the drug does not undergo oxidation if exposed to light.
4. Tablets are released slowly, aiming that a number of doses be released periodically in the body.
5. Sublingual tab / under the tongue, aiming for immediate absorption through the bloodstream around under the tongue or between the gums and cheeks.
If the type of drug above is destroyed then its effectiveness will decrease or even cause an overdose. For that, pay attention to the types of drug preparations that you consume by observing them in the medicine packaging section. Another solution to prevent changes in effectiveness due to the action of destroying drugs, use the same medicine with a liquid preparation. If you are worried, do a consultation with a doctor.
That's all, hope you can help