A medical suppository is a degradable container of compound drugs that is inserted into an opening in the body. The container then melts, allowing the drug inside to quickly enter the bloodstream. Most suppositories are placed in the urethra, rectum or vagina by a doctor. English version of the Thesaurus of Types and Forms of Medicine The advantages of powdered drugs are the ease of swallowing after mixing, and applesauce or pudding can mask the unpleasant taste. Powders and granules are generally stable, durable and easy to transport. It is also possible to administer larger doses of medications that would be uncomfortable to swallow in tablet form. Topical forms of medication administration are also known as creams, lotions, and ointments. Your pharmacist will mix your medications with other substances that will make them easier to use. Lotions are the least greasy or sticky of the three. With each form, rub the medicine on your skin to the point of necessity. However, for many patients, pills are not an easy solution. Many patients have difficulty swallowing pills or regularly taking medication in pill form.
For these people, standard pharmaceuticals can promise crucial results, but overwhelming obstacles. A brief consultation with your pharmacist can help them determine the best types of medication administration formulary for your health. The ultimate goal is to do whatever it takes to help you stay on track with your medication so you can enjoy better health. Make an appointment with your pharmacist as soon as you can discuss your medication options. Some of the advantages of administering drugs in pill form are: The choice of a particular form and route of a drug depends on various factors. In other words, let`s say we have two drugs, drug A1 and drug A2, and both have the same active pharmaceutical ingredient, but different dosage forms. Since drugs A1 and A2 have the same active ingredient, they are designed to treat one or more conditions. In terms of different dosage forms, drug A1 is a normal oral tablet and drug A2 is an oral disintegrating tablet (ODT). The advantage of ODT over the regular tablet is that the ODT drug dissolves under the tongue and is absorbed into the bloodstream, affecting the body faster. This is just one example of the different effects of different dosage forms.
The active substance is combined with another substance and pressed into a round or oval solid form. There are several types of tablets. Soluble or dispersible tablets can be safely dissolved in water. One in three people have difficulty swallowing pills and choke, vomit or choke. This can cause them to stop taking their medications, which can worsen their condition. Oral medications come in many different forms, from tablets to liquids – and even powders. Each has advantages and disadvantages in terms of proper operation, ease of use and safety. But for the most part, they have the same goals: to treat or prevent disease. Some people crush pills or open capsules and mix them into a soft food like applesauce or pudding to make swallowing easier. Experts don`t recommend it for all medications, especially extended-release drugs. Crushing them can release the drug too quickly and cause side effects.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist first. Injections and patches are two forms of medication that bypass the digestive tract. Oral medications are taken orally. They usually do not start working until they reach the stomach or intestines and enter the bloodstream. Topical medications can allow patients to easily treat problem areas at their own discretion. Compounding pharmacists can make lotions, creams, gels, foam or other ointments for direct application to the skin. In most cases, these ointments treat pain or inflammation, as these conditions can be very localized. This form of medicine is chewed and then swallowed. It is often considered the best form of oral medication for children and the elderly. The advantages of chewable tablets are: Most standard medications treat infections internally, which means that the patient takes a pill to achieve the desired effect, regardless of any symptoms they may have. If you have cold sores or other painful sores on your lips, internal medicine may take longer to provide relief than the topical medications provided by compound medical lip balm. Some medications, such as topical treatments for oral thrush, work best if they stay in contact with the affected area for as long as possible.
In these situations, your pharmacist may recommend that you take the medication in the form of a lozenge or pacifier, which can be directly against the affected area. A doctor may choose a specific dosage form to target a specific area or organ of the body without the systemic or side effects of oral or injectable medications. For example, skin treatments such as topical creams, ointments, lotions, patches, or other dosage forms such as nasal sprays, eye drops, and suppositories to deliver medications to the affected area without causing systemic (body-wide) side effects. Liquid forms of medications generally contain the same active ingredient as solid forms, and are the most optimal option for children and adults who have difficulty swallowing tablets. Now that you know some of the most common types of drug delivery routes, you may be wondering where to start. Talk to your pharmacist first. As mentioned earlier, there are several factors to consider. Many people share their tablets to save money or adjust the dose of their medications.
Some medical professionals even recommend this practice. Talk to your doctor before dividing a tablet and keep in mind these recommendations from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA): Transdermal medications are absorbed through the skin, as are implants and patches. They help the medicine to release slowly, so you can have a longer period of relief. An example is the pain patches given to people with chronic pain. Powder forms of medicines are dry and loose drugs. These are superfine drug particles that are mixed with water or food just before consumption. Many prefer powdered forms of medication because they do not remain in the digestive system as long as tablets and capsules. As the name suggests, immediate-release medications work quickly to relieve symptoms. The downside is that relief may only take a few hours before the medication disappears. This type of medication may require several doses throughout the day. Some types of drugs are already dissolved in liquid form.
There are several types of liquid forms, including syrups mixed with water and sugar, elixirs mixed with alcohol and water, and suspensions, which are crushed drugs mixed in a liquid of their choice. There are also injectable types of liquid forms that require special needles for administration. In the following sections, we`ll look at a few different forms of oral medications (medications taken orally) and discuss the pros and cons of each. There are several types of oral tablets, such as: Antiretroviral drugs are used to treat certain types of viruses, especially HIV (= the virus that causes AIDS) Extended-release drugs allow for slower administration and have a lasting effect over a longer period of time, usually 24 hours with one dose. If available, a once-daily dose may be more convenient, especially for complex drug therapies.