Know When to Give Patients a “Green Light” to Cut or Crush Meds

Patients will ask whether meds can be split or crushed...due to cost, difficulty swallowing, etc.

Consider the med...use a “stoplight approach” as a guide...and contact your pharmacist colleagues for specific advice if needed.

Green light. It’s okay to split or crush most single-ingredient tabs withOUT a coating or modified-release mechanism (CR, LA, SR, etc).

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