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March 20, 1926


Author Affiliations

Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Rush Medical College CHICAGO

JAMA. 1926;86(12):840-842. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.26720380002014

PERORAL ADMINISTRATION OF SOLIDS  Solid dosage forms are becoming more and more popular because of their portability, concentration, accuracy of dosage, convenience of administration and ease with which objectionable taste and odors may be disguised. It is a good rule not to prescribe medicines in liquid form when they can just as well be prescribed in solid form excepting, of course, for children and those who cannot swallow pills. Pills or capsules should probably not be prescribed for patients with gastric or duodenal ulcer.Solid preparations are of especial importance for the administration of water-insoluble or slightly soluble drugs. For these, liquid mixtures are objectionable because they are unsightly and, by reason of sedimentation, inaccurate in dosage.Through choice of the proper kind of preparation, it is possible to make the medicament expend most of its action on certain parts of the digestive tract. Lozenges, in being dissolved in the

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