Okay to swallow, but not to crush?

If you’ve ever cut a pill in half to take it more easily, researchers now suggest you wear gloves and a mask!

A new study has found that when cut or crushed, some drugs can send out tiny, airborne particles that can cause skin irritations and trigger inhalation allergies.

Some of the drugs tested were common anti-anxiety ones like Valium and Xanax, as well as sleep drugs like Lunesta.

The conclusion of this study was that if you have a mysterious rash and just happen to be cutting up drugs, you should head to an allergist and get some patch testing done.

Wait — it’s OK to swallow, but not to cut in half? What’s wrong with this picture?

“Crushing prescription pills could trigger allergic reactions,” Leah Zerbe, Rodale News, 1/14/2014, rodalenews.com

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