Attack of the Horse Pills
Why are people still being prescribed giant tablets?
Stephanie Sutton | | Quick Read
Every now and then, the topics I report on as Editor of The Medicine Maker unexpectedly pop up elsewhere in my life. “I’ll be back for dinner soon. P.s. I have horse pills!” It was a text from my partner.
I presumed he wasn’t speaking literally – it seemed unlikely that he’d somehow acquired a sick horse at work (especially as he is not a large-animal veterinarian). He was on his way home after picking up his prescription and was referring to the size of his tablets. He’s never had an issue with swallowing pills before and it’s the first time I’d heard him balk at a tablet’s size. I inspected the “horse pills” – a commonly prescribed antibiotic for a common infection – and confirmed that they were enormous. But I failed to reassure him about the ease with which he could access their healing powers. “At least they’re coated,” I said, hopefully.
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