Safe handling of hazardous medicines at home: Mixing capsules with liquid or food

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A guide on mixing hazardous medicine capsules with liquid or food safely.

Key points

  • A gown, mask and gloves offer protection when handling hazardous medicine.
  • If your child is unable to swallow whole capsules you will need to open the capsule and mix the contents with an approved food or liquid.
  • You will need to prepare the dose inside a plastic bag to minimize exposure.
  • Mix the contents of the capsule with an approved food or liquid immediately prior to giving the dose.

Last updated: October 22nd 2020