You shouldn't chew, crush or break tablets or pills, or open and empty powder out of capsules, unless your GP or another healthcare professional has told you to do so.
Some tablets, pills and capsules don't work properly or may be harmful if they are crushed or opened.
They may need to be swallowed whole because:
If you have been advised by your healthcare professional to crush your medicine, they will tell you how to do this and how to take the medicine.
If you, your child or someone you are caring for has problems swallowing tablets, pills or capsules, tell your GP or the healthcare professional who is prescribing the medicine. There may be an alternative medicine available, such as a liquid medicine or a tablet that can be dissolved in water.
Read more advice on what to do if you have problems swallowing pills.
If you have any concerns about your medicine and how to use or take it correctly, you can:
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