Opening Omeprazole capsule

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skinnyguy
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   Posted 1/25/2010 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I have difficulty swallowing the capsule of Omeprazole,
according to information I find from the web,
I can open the capsule and mix the contents with applesaurce and then swallow,

I am curious to know why the contents have to be mix with applesaurce?
If I am careful enough that I ensure all pellets swallowed without crush any of them, Can I swallow without applesaurce?
because sometimes I am outdoor in the street that I don't have applesaurce handy
please advice, thank you



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If you have difficulty swallowing the delayed-release capsules, you may add the contents of a delayed-release capsule to applesauce. Place one tablespoon of soft, cool applesauce in an empty bowl. open the delayed-release capsule and carefully empty all the pellets inside the capsule onto the applesauce. Mix the pellets with the applesauce and swallow the mixture immediately with a glass of cool water. Do not chew or crush the pellets. Do not store the applesauce/pellet mixture for future use.

this paragraph comes from the link below
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a693050.html

stkitt
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   Posted 1/25/2010 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Capsules can be opened and their contents mixed with water or food. I think it is best to use water if you have no other food item to mix the contents with.


You want to be sure to get the full dose of the medication and swallowing medications dry is not, IMHO, the best route to choose.



Kitt

Alcie
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   Posted 1/25/2010 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
The only problem with opening the capsules is that the new ones are all pretty much time-release now wo they last 24 hours (more or less). But I've read that you can open them, and in some places the stuff is sold as a bottle of granules. I used to open mine (before they were 24 hour) and take half in the AM and half in the PM. I just put the contents in a teaspoon and put the stuff in my mouth and swallowed with water. Of course I was careful to not chew them!

How about yogurt, pudding, or prune juice with pulp?
Alcie
 
 


motox1027
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   Posted 1/28/2010 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes, Alice is right.

 

You are not supposed to open Omeprazole capules. Who ever told you this ok..... this is a false statement.

 

They do however make a packet form of the Omeprazole capules, which is safe to do that with then.


stkitt
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   Posted 1/28/2010 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Motox,
 
From the Weblink in skinnyguys post is where the info came from:
 

If you have difficulty swallowing the delayed-release capsules, you may add the contents of a delayed-release capsule to applesauce. Place one tablespoon of soft, cool applesauce in an empty bowl. open the delayed-release capsule and carefully empty all the pellets inside the capsule onto the applesauce. Mix the pellets with the applesauce and swallow the mixture immediately with a glass of cool water. Do not chew or crush the pellets. Do not store the applesauce/pellet mixture for future use.

When in doubt always check with your PCP is my best advice. 

Take care,

Kitt


motox1027
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   Posted 1/28/2010 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
stkitt said...
Motox,
 
From the Weblink in skinnyguys post is where the info came from:
 

If you have difficulty swallowing the delayed-release capsules, you may add the contents of a delayed-release capsule to applesauce. Place one tablespoon of soft, cool applesauce in an empty bowl. open the delayed-release capsule and carefully empty all the pellets inside the capsule onto the applesauce. Mix the pellets with the applesauce and swallow the mixture immediately with a glass of cool water. Do not chew or crush the pellets. Do not store the applesauce/pellet mixture for future use.

When in doubt always check with your PCP is my best advice. 

Take care,

Kitt

     Well it depends on what he is taking. He said just Omeprazole.
 
    For example, if he is taking Zegerid (Omeprazole), you absolutley cannot spilt the pill and dump out. They make a powered packet for this which is completly different.
 
   It also says on that link:     Swallow the delayed-release omeprazole capsules, the regular capsules, and the nonprescription delayed-release tablets whole; do not split, open, chew or crush them. Do not crush the nonprescription delayed-release tablets in food and do not open the regular capsules and mix the contents with food.
 
 So who really knows? ?  I am postive that as far as Zegerid, and presrip Prilosec, you cant do this. Reason I am sure, is I wanted to do this also, asked my doctor and pharmisist and they said you cant.
 
But maybe with certain type.
 
Skinny guy, your best bet is to just ask the local drug store.

stkitt
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   Posted 1/29/2010 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Posted by Motox on 1/28/10
 
Skinny guy
 
Do you take over or under the counter? and do you take Prilosec or Zegerid?
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