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Mortar and Pestle Crushes Pills Easily

Dear Lifeline Readers,

I have been on Home-PEN (G and J tubes of various sorts) on and off for 4 years now, and just wanted to share one of the biggest “finds” that I have made over the years. I started out using commercial pill crushers to prepare medications to be put through my tube, and one day in the kitchen store of an IKEA outlet happened to pick up a small ceramic mortar and pestle. That mortal and pestle have made my day 110% easier ever since. The commercial pill crushers broke easily and often, and were hard on the hands, but the mortar and pestle allow me to crush pills easily. On top of that, I can mix them with water in the bowl and fill it to do a water flush afterwards. I realize it’s a small thing, but it has made my life so much easier and no one mentioned the idea anywhere along the way; I just got lucky and I wanted to share the idea for anyone else who is struggling every day to crush pills.

—Michelle White

mlwhite@sas.upenn.edu

(267) 872-1052 or (215) 417-7563

Editor’s note: A ceramic mortar and pestle might also be available in a kitchen supply store, such as Lechters, William-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel, et.

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Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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