Safe handling of hazardous medicines at home: Cutting and preparing tablets as a liquid

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A guide on cutting, dissolving and giving hazardous medicine tablets safely.

Key points

  • A gown, mask and gloves offer protection when handling hazardous medicine.
  • If your child's dose includes a part of a tablet you will need to use a tablet cutter to split the tablet.
  • If your child has trouble swallowing whole or partial tablets, you can dissolve the tablets using an approved liquid such as water using an oral syringe.

Last updated: October 22nd 2020