Can You Crush Ibuprofen?

In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses whether or not ibuprofen can be crushed.

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Can ibuprofen be crushed?

Asked by Foir On Dec 21, 2017

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Medical Content Reviewed By PharmacistAnswers Staff

On Dec 22, 2017

Yes, most formulations of ibuprofen can be crushed. This is commonly needed for those who have trouble swallowing pills or need to have drugs administered via a feeding tube. However, only ibuprofen products that are in caplet or tablet form should be crushed. You should not crush gel caps or liquid gel dosage forms.


In terms of administration, ibuprofen can be crushed and then placed into a few ounces of milk or water to drink. Additionally, it could be added to certain foods such as pudding or applesauce.


Lastly, the efficacy of ibuprofen could potentially be minimized very mildly because of the loss of the protective coating which extends absorption (more likely with brand name Advil). If you don't want to risk this, another option is simply to take children's liquid ibuprofen. It contains the same drug (ibuprofen), just in liquid form. The most common concentration is 100 mg/5 ml so 10 ml (two teaspoonfuls) would equal one 200 mg tablet of adult ibuprofen dose.

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Dr. Stacy Holcroft

Stacy Holcroft is retail pharmacist specializing in diabetes, heart disease, and oncology. Up to date with new drugs and research in these fields and others.

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