What should I do with the extra grains after counting out what I need for the night? Can I take some of them without a capsule? Or will that make them disolve too quickly? After I am completely off of them I will take the remainder to a pharmacist for safe disposal so it may not matter what I do with the extras.
Thanks again and take care,
Sandra, much as I usually agree 100% with Junior
, it IS possible to take the beads on their own without too much problem, BUT, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you understand why they're in a capsule in the first place.
Many on both this board and others about Cymbalta, state that it is a 'slow release' drug, and therefore the capsules shouldn't be opened, OR that 'you're getting the whole dose at once' by taking the beads on their own. Both are wrong.
The BEADS are slow release. They're inside a (very quickly dissolving) gelatine capsule so that they reach your stomach undamaged. Within a few minutes of taking the capsule, the beads are floating around your stomach.
So the important thing is that the beads get to your stomach in original condition. That means (if you take them on their own) no crunching, no adding to sauces etc, no diluting in fruit juice. I.e. you wash them down as efficiently as you can. Personally, I wouldn't recommend taking larger amount this way, simply because the quantity involved increases the risk.
If you want to avoid buying gelatine capsules, a bright suggestion a few months ago was to use half a capsule each day and stuff bread (or somesuch) into each end.