If you want to crush or break a film-coated tablet i.e. Apoquel® and wondering whether it is allowed (permissible) or not, you’re in the right place.
In the following article I will answer your queries related to the topic, i.e.
The advantages or disadvantages of crushing Apoquel tablets for dogs.
What If You Crush Apoquel®?
A thin layer of an inactive agent is applied on these tablets that protect this medication from the environment. For example, a film coat on the Apoquel tablet may protect it from light, and moisture.
Side Effects of Crushing Apoquel
Although, crushing these tablets doesn’t affect the efficacy of the medication. However, it may result in a bitter (unpleasant) taste & can increase the rate of degradation.
Film coating protects the medicine from light, moisture, and other environmental factors. Crushing the (film-coated) tablets (medicine) breaks that thin layer which causes bitter, unpleasant, and unacceptable taste.
Efficacy if Apoquel is Crushed
Crushing or breaking a film-coated tablet doesn’t affect the efficacy of the medication. That’s means crushing doesn’t affect the way a film-coated tablet releases within the body.
Apoquel film-coated tablets are taken through the mouth, they are broken down by the saliva and stomach acid. Hence, releases in the body.
Applying a thin layer of inactive material keeps this medicine stable in an unpleasant environment.
Apoquel tablets should be stored below 25-degrees Celsius temperature. Protect from light, heat, direct exposure to sunlight, and moisture.