Is it just with gel pills or all pills?
That must be an enteric coated pill, or something similar.
those types of meds are designed to resist dissolving even when exposed to stomach acids. They're designed to be dissolved at the small intestines (where the absorption rate is higher).
If you crush or split the med, it will become useless.
Depends on the type of the pill and the dosage recommended to by the doctor.
Some pills(tablets) have a "break line" which divides the pill in half.
Gel, Enteric Coated, etc. shouldn't be broken.
It not just gel pills. I take an alergy pill everyday that the doctor said not to break it in half. She said it has something to do with the timing of how the pill desolves... :)
Pill CRUSHERS are for people who have trouble swallowing a whole pill.
Most pills CAN be split. I take several and most of them can be split, but I asked my doctor first.
Time release tablets.
And some prescription medications are supposed to be taken as directed or they don't work right. Ask your doctor or pharmacist.
then why do they sell pill crushers?
only gel pills