Can Dulcolax be crushed? 

Can Dulcolax be crushed? 

No, Dulcolax tablets should not be crushed, cut, or chewed. These tablets should be swallowed whole for a safe and effective therapeutic response. 

Dulcolax tablets are small tablets and it shouldn’t be a problem to swallow them whole. However, if you’re still concerned about ingesting the tablet, it’s best to ask your doctor or pharmacist for a suitable alternative. 

Why can’t Dulcolax be crushed? 

It’s not recommended to crush Dulcolax tablets because they are available in the gastro-resistant form. These tablets are also known as enteric-coated tablets, as they are coated with such a material that prevents the release of drugs in an acidic medium – your stomach. 

This protects the med from being destroyed by the acidic fluids of your stomach, which can result in therapeutic failure. 

This is why Dulcolax tablets are uncoated in your intestines, which provide a basic/alkaline medium for the drug(1). This helps Dulcolax to work on your intestines directly and to clear them out. 

Consequences of crushing Dulcolax tablets 

As we discussed in the previous section, crushing Duloxetine tablets can ruin the gastro-resistant mechanism of this medication and it won’t reach the primary site of action – your intestines. 

This is because the drug contents will be first exposed to your stomach acids, which will most likely damage the active drug and it won’t work as efficiently as it should. 

This results in therapeutic failure, as crushing Dulcolax tablets won’t let you achieve the therapeutic response you would hope for.

This is why you should never crush Dulcolax or any other enteric-coated tablets. It is also important to make sure that you stick to the recommended dose and that your medication isn’t expired or is fully potent – which is important to achieve your desired therapeutic outcome.

Alternatives to crushing Dulcolax 

It’s best to talk to your doctor or pharmacist for an alternative to Dulcolax tablets if you can’t swallow them. Your doctor may recommend suppositories for better laxative effects if you’re willing to use them. 

However, there are other laxatives that your doctor may recommend if Dulcolax is difficult for you to take. 

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