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Warfarin

Does anyone else have the problem of the tablets crumbling when they release them from the strip? For every one tablet I have, another one is wasted!

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Pierce the edge of the foil with your fingernail, they pop out easily then.

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Yes...they need to be released very carefully. I find the 1mg..brown...are the worst

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Usually happens to tablets that have been subject to damp, i.e. poor pharmacy storage or if out of date. I was on Warfarin almost 20 years and not once experienced this problem so please check your dates and check with pharmacist.

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Can't say this has ever happened. Very occasionally 2 pieces. On apixaban now.

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Hi I get exatly the same with 1mg and 3mg but never the 5mg

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I have never had this. I would speak to your pharmacist who can order from another supplier. There are several different ones

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Never had this problem in fifteen years and I often crack pills in half along the scribe line eg 4.5 = one 3mg and half 3mg. Leave them out of the packet for long and they absorb water and crumble for sure. I agree with others the pills may be poorly stored. Complain to your pharmacist.

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I just have this problem occasionally when I press the tablet out from the middle rather than the edge. I just shake the bits out into my hand and lick them up.

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My Zemtard capsules crush if you don't break the foil first.

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I've been taking Warfarin for years and have never had this problem at all. I always ask for the same brand, Actavis, as some fillers affect me and I make sure I never have the horrible brown 1mg pill as my body hates E123 .

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Maybe I'm too heavy handed! I must admit with arthritic hands it's difficult to control the pressure. I'm OK if they break just into halves but I can't swallow lots of small pieces. I only have the 1mg and the3 - not had to have larger ones. I will talk to the pharmacist as suggested and she might be able to get a different make. Thank you for your replies and suggestions.

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Check with pharmacist some pills not meant to be broken. Yours doing it doesn't seem right

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There was a time when the chemist put pills in little bottles. I prefer that method. In other countries such as Spain, apparently, the patient has a right to ask the chemist to take them out and put them in bottles, and they even have a machine in the shop for it. Google them!

Warfarin tablets are still sold in tubs of 500. I get a private prescription and I know a chemist who will shop around until he finds them. Not expensive. Last time it was around 10 pounds per tub.

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