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How Do I Choose the Best Pill Crusher?

A mortar and pestle is a great tool for crushing things.
Some pills and tablets need crushing, however crushing changes the effectiveness of certain medications.
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A pill crusher is a device that crushes pills. The resulting powder can be added to liquid or food, which can aid in the digestion of the medication. The two most popular types of pill crushers are those that twist to crush pills and those that crush pills when a handle is pressed. A mortar and pestle, however, can also be used to achieve the same results. What type of pill crusher you'll choose can depend on your personal preference, your budget and the desired durability of the pill crusher.

A common pill crusher is one that is cylindrically shaped with a screw-on top. Users simply put their pills into the crusher and screw on the top until it crushes the pills. This kind of crusher is popular and can be cheap and easy to operate, but it can have its drawbacks. It can be difficult to operate for people who have arthritic conditions, and some users report that they have to twist and untwist the crusher several times before the pills are adequately crushed. These crushers are also usually designed to hold only one or two pills at a time and might break easily.

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The pill crusher that is preferred by hospitals, medical facilities and those who simply want a durable crusher is made out of metal. It is designed with handles and a base. Medication can be crushed between two cups using the device. This type of crusher can also be made to work with mini bags that make cleaning the instrument fast and easy. Many consumers like to use this type of pill crusher when they are traveling.

Keep in mind that you don't have to buy a pill crusher in order to crush your pills. You might, in fact, already have a home pill crusher at your disposal. Many people successfully crush their pills with a common mortar and pestle, which you might have in your kitchen. If you're thinking of saving money and using this method to crush pills, use a porcelain, brass, glass or stainless steel mortar and pestle to do your crushing. A mortar and pestle made of wood can make clean-up difficult because wood can absorb the powder from the pill.

Ask your doctor about crushing pills before doing it. Crushing pills can change the effectiveness of medication. Crushing some pills can aid in absorption, but crushing others that have been designed to be slow-release medications can be deleterious.

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LisaLou
Post 5

When my mother was recovering from a stroke, she had to have her medication crushed. I invested in a high quality pill crusher.

It seemed a little expensive at the time, but sure made the job of crushing up the pills easy. It was quiet and easy to operate. Even if someone had arthritic hands, they would still be able to use one of these.

One thing I really liked about this pill crusher is that it had individual pouches to keep the medication in. This way when you were crushing more than one type of pill you wouldn't get them mixed up.

golf07
Post 4

If you have trouble swallowing large pills, a pill crusher can come in handy. I have one that I use from time to time, but would rather use a pill splitter.

When I use a splitter I can easily cut the pill in half so it is easier to swallow. Before I bought one, I would just use a table knife to cut the pill in half. This worked as long as the pill wasn't too big or round.

My pill crusher works well and I don't have any trouble with it, I just don't like the taste of the liquid I am drinking when I add the powdered medication to it.

aviva
Post 3

I usually don't have any problems swallowing pills whole, but sometimes the medication is so gigantic I can't imagine anyone not gagging on it. For those times when it is necessary to break it down, I just use a simple pill cutter. They're only about five dollars and you can pick one up just about anywhere.

MsClean
Post 2

I can't swallow whole pills, so my little electric pill crusher is a life saver for me. It doesn't matter what size the pill is, I just can't swallow it. The thought of solid matter going down my throat before having a chance to chew it, makes me gag. My General Practitioner is aware of this and prescribes all my medication accordingly. Liquid medication usually works well for me.

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