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Capsules used for medicine
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A pharmaceutical capsule is an easy way to take medication. Capsules may contain powder, liquid or oil.[1] The outer shell is made of hard or soft gelatin. Capsules come in different shapes and colors to identify dose or what company made them.[1] They are also available as timed release which work over a period of time. Capsules should usually be taken whole. Always consult a pharmacist or desk reference before opening a capsule. Capsules should also not be crushed without first checking to see if it is safe.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Deborah Gray Morris, Calculate with Confidence, Sixth Edition (London; Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2014), p. 291
  2. Vicki Niblett, A Nurse's Guide to Dosage Calculation: Giving Medications Safely (Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006), p. 129