What is it about?

The aim of this study was to investigate the volume of liquid used by patients when administering their tablets or capsules.

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Why is it important?

The correct use of medicines supports therapy success and reduces the number of adverse side effects. One relevant aspect of use concerns the amount of liquid consumed when taking compact and shaped medicines, like tablets or capsules.


15.4% of the 136 study participants used less than 60ml of liquid to take their tablets or capsules. Therefore, patients need to be better informed about drinking a sufficient amount of liquid when taking tablets or capsules orally. Furthermore, it is important that every package leaflet of compact and shaped medicines contains this information.

Dr Jörg Fuchs

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This page is a summary of: The amount of liquid patients use to take tablets or capsules, Pharmacy Practice, September 2009, Instituto de Salud Carlos III/BNCS/SciELO Espana, DOI: 10.4321/s1886-36552009000300007.
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