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Old 11-11-04, 12:46 PM   #1
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Does chewing pills really speed up the effect?

I have seen in TV shows and in the movie Daredevil people chewing pills. In Daredevil he was actually chewing up and eating some prescription painkillers!

Why do people do that?


I am currently taking some painkillers for a recent surgery. Will chewing them speed up the effect?

just curious...

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Old 11-11-04, 12:48 PM   #2
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It can, depending on the medication and the type of pill (capsule or solid), and it can be a bad thing.
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Old 11-11-04, 12:49 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure thats the only reason that BC powder exists...
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Old 11-11-04, 12:54 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure thats the only reason that BC powder exists...

What is BC powder?



And Bandoman-

How can it turn into a bad thing?
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Old 11-11-04, 12:57 PM   #5
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And Bandoman-

How can it turn into a bad thing?
Some medications are meant to be released gradually into the bloodstream, and too much in too short a time can alter the effects, sometimes with bad consequences. It really depends on the medication. You should take any and all meds exactly as your doctor tells you.
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Old 11-11-04, 12:57 PM   #6
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And Bandoman-

How can it turn into a bad thing?
Pills are amde with the understanding that they will disolve slowly in your stomach. The rate at which they disolve is a function of the surface area of the pills. By breaking up a pill, you are increasing the surface area. This means it will disolve faster, but if the pill is designed to be disolved over the course of an hour, and you break it up so it is disolved over the course of 10 minutes, you are getting a much higher dosage all at once than the manufatcurer intended. Depending on the type of pill, this can obviously be a bad thing.
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Old 11-11-04, 12:58 PM   #7
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JasonF said it much more eloquently.
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Old 11-11-04, 12:58 PM   #8
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How can it turn into a bad thing?
Ask this guy:



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Old 11-11-04, 01:12 PM   #9
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Interesting...


And how about when they say "Alcohol may enhance the effect of this drug"

What is it about alchohol that enhances the effects? Is the alchohol enhancing the drug? or the drug enhancing the alcohol?
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Old 11-11-04, 03:12 PM   #10
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Pills are amde with the understanding that they will disolve slowly in your stomach. The rate at which they disolve is a function of the surface area of the pills. By breaking up a pill, you are increasing the surface area. This means it will disolve faster, but if the pill is designed to be disolved over the course of an hour, and you break it up so it is disolved over the course of 10 minutes, you are getting a much higher dosage all at once than the manufatcurer intended. Depending on the type of pill, this can obviously be a bad thing.

Is that why my college room mate would take our other room mate's riddilin, crush it up and snort it??
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Old 11-11-04, 03:21 PM   #11
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Interesting...


And how about when they say "Alcohol may enhance the effect of this drug"

What is it about alchohol that enhances the effects? Is the alchohol enhancing the drug? or the drug enhancing the alcohol?
"Enhance?"

Usually they say "Alcohol may intensify side effects."

Although usually the side effects of meds that say that screw you up, so it is like they're enhanced..

But I wouldn't recommend it. They put that warning on there for a reason. It can kill ya.

As for chewing the pills.. naw. Wouldn't do it. If your medicine isn't doing enough for your pain, you're better off popping an extra one.
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Old 11-11-04, 03:23 PM   #12
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What is BC powder?





Headache powder. Like asprin but in powder form. You empty a pouch of it into a glass of water, stir, and bottoms up. Tastes like chaulk.
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Old 11-11-04, 07:41 PM   #13
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Interesting...


And how about when they say "Alcohol may enhance the effect of this drug"

What is it about alchohol that enhances the effects? Is the alchohol enhancing the drug? or the drug enhancing the alcohol?
Gotta love the fact that someone named Sominex is asking these drug-related questions.

To simplify my explanation, alcohol basically needs the liver to help break it down. While thus occupied, other medications/drugs aren't metabolized as readily by the liver, and therefore will be active for a longer period of time.

If you want more details, let me know.

This, BTW, is one of the reasons you aren't supposed to mix drugs such as alcohol and Tylenol - both need the liver to help break them down. Too much alcohol will prevent the acetaminophen from being metabolized.
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Old 11-11-04, 07:48 PM   #14
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not only that, but believe it or not alcohol is a drug that is in the depressants category. it causes the heart to slow down.

depending on what meds you take, it can cause a double depressant which is dangerous.

as for the original post, chewing tablets are not really to your advantage.

most likely it will taste like bitter crap.

absorption through the stomach linning takes approx 20-40 mins to absorb there. which is what others have said time release.

if you chew it(the one you are not supposed to chew), it will absorb through your mouth and have a non-balance of medicine throughout the body.
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Old 11-11-04, 07:52 PM   #15
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BC is basically powdered aspirin with caffeine and acetominophen. Tasty stuff that will knock the shit out of a headache as it gets adsorbed through the mouth as well as through the stomach.

Often times, pharmaceuticals get formulated so that they have slow adsorption into the bloodstream (see Oxycontin and Tylenol Arthritis). When you crush up something that is meant to be time-released, that can accelerate dosage (get your ass high). Which is why Purdue Pharma put something in there that will get you sick if you just crush them up now that won't have adverse affects if you just take the pill as prescribed.
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Old 11-11-04, 08:04 PM   #16
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BC is basically powdered aspirin with caffeine and acetominophen. Tasty stuff that will knock the shit out of a headache as it gets adsorbed through the mouth as well as through the stomach.

We swear by headache powders in our family. We prefer Goody's to BC though.
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Old 11-11-04, 08:37 PM   #17
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"Enhance?"

Usually they say "Alcohol may intensify side effects."

Although usually the side effects of meds that say that screw you up, so it is like they're enhanced..

But I wouldn't recommend it. They put that warning on there for a reason. It can kill ya.

As for chewing the pills.. naw. Wouldn't do it. If your medicine isn't doing enough for your pain, you're better off popping an extra one.


I really was just curious

Although I probably do seem like Mark Renton or Spud at this point in time
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Old 11-11-04, 08:58 PM   #18
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Gotta love the fact that someone named Sominex is asking these drug-related questions.

To simplify my explanation, alcohol basically needs the liver to help break it down. While thus occupied, other medications/drugs aren't metabolized as readily by the liver, and therefore will be active for a longer period of time.

If you want more details, let me know.

This, BTW, is one of the reasons you aren't supposed to mix drugs such as alcohol and Tylenol - both need the liver to help break them down. Too much alcohol will prevent the acetaminophen from being metabolized.
Damnit, I only get so many chances to show off what I learned in my pharmacology classes, and here you go stealing my thunder!
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Old 11-12-04, 10:32 AM   #19
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To simplify my explanation, alcohol basically needs the liver to help break it down. While thus occupied, other medications/drugs aren't metabolized as readily by the liver, and therefore will be active for a longer period of time.
That seems to make sense, but is that the only reason? I ask because of the following equation:

1 Xanax = no/mild discernable effects

1 beer = very mild effects

1 Xanax + 1 beer = HOLY CRAP!!!!

Could that really be from the Xanax just "being active for a longer period of time?"
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Old 11-12-04, 10:42 AM   #20
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I've heard of men chewing VIAGRA pills and I've also heard of men who place it under the tongue for faster results. Nitro Glycerin pills are best absorbed through the mouth under the tongue for quick results when the heart is giving you problems.
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Old 11-12-04, 11:29 AM   #21
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jack torrence from the shining was an aspirin chewer, and we all know how that turned out.
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Old 09-19-07, 12:32 AM   #22
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chewing pills

my mom was a nurse in a nursing home and many times the old people couldn't swallow a whole pill, so they crushed it up and mixed it with applesauce or something like that. So i can't imagine if this is a normal practice in hospitals and nursing homes that it would cause any other strange or dangerous side effects.
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Old 09-19-07, 01:22 AM   #23
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There's another problem with crushing pills. Some pills have active ingredients that breakdown in acidic environments (stomach). To combat this, manufacturers will put a coating on the pill that protects it from the stomach, but will later disintegrate in basic conditions (intestines). If you chew it up, all the active ingredient gets deactivated. That's all I remember from MedChem.
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Old 09-19-07, 01:23 AM   #24
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Well thank god you're not giving advice on how to take drugs, because no matter if you imagine it or not criptic is 100% correct.

It will damage your liver is why the no booze warning, not that it will somehow get you high.

And if it isn't time release drug then crushing for faster results is usually fine.
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Old 09-19-07, 01:23 AM   #25
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my mom was a nurse in a nursing home and many times the old people couldn't swallow a whole pill, so they crushed it up and mixed it with applesauce or something like that. So i can't imagine if this is a normal practice in hospitals and nursing homes that it would cause any other strange or dangerous side effects.
Actually, I've seen this done in nursing homes even with pills you're not supposed to crush. The argument being, it's better to try and get some than nothing at all.
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