Pharmacists issue advice on taking medicines

Berlin - The German Pharmacists' Association has issued a warning against taking medicines while lying down. Taking pills in a prone position can cause traces of medicine to stick to the food pipe's lining.

The association recommends taking pills or capsules in a sitting or standing position with at least 100 millilitres of water.

Insufficient fluid may cause painkillers, antibiotics or other drugs to damage the food pipe's mucous membrane.

Patients who have trouble swallowing, or who cannot sit up, should ask their doctor if they can take their medicine in crushed form.

However, the association says taking medicine in crushed form can cause the active ingredient to have a different effect than desired, possibly even damaging the stomach's lining. (dpa)