Pharmacists: Do you know the differences between pharmaceutical syrups and suspensions?

Pharmacists: Do you know the differences between pharmaceutical syrups and suspensions?

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Not all pharmaceutical syrups are created equal. It is critical that pharmacists understand the differences to properly educate their patients.
15 Sep 2016 - General
While these differences between a syrup and suspension are probably quite commonly known to pharmacists, how much of it is known to the patients and how often do pharmacists emphasise the necessity of shaking the bottles of suspensions before consuming? I've read that suspensions tend to have a higher density or dosage of the drug compared to syrups, so a lack of shaking may result in an undesirable dosage being consumed by the patient. I've seen many medicine bottles where the instructi...
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There are two types of drug preparations which are administered in liquid state which are syrups and suspensions. In syrups the drug is completely dissolved in the fluid and in suspensions the drug is not completely dissolved. Suspension has a carrier fluid not like in syrups. Syrups can have colours or may be clear. Suspensions are turbid due to the drug particles in it. You will have to shake a suspension before you use it as when it is immobilized, the drug gets precipitated to the bottom. Us...
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Oohh! Reading this article, I was transported back to our university classroom learning about various dosage forms and drug delivery systems. Formulating the various dosage forms soon became one of the more interesting topics for me. I think that every pharmacist just has to know the difference between the liquid dosage forms. It's one of the very basic topics you'll get to learn as a pharmacy student. What's more important is how these different dosage forms should be handled, store...
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Yes, Jemar Nicdao it is really very informative topic but being a pharmacist we are very familiar with these terms. I remember when I was in the first semester of Pharm-D, we had a subject dosage form that was all about liquid, solid and other dosage forms. It is very nicely elaborated that elixirs are oral medications that are clear, sweet and hydroalcoholic liquids. Oral suspensions contain minute granules of the drug in the syrup that are not dissolved properly in the solvent. In few cases, d...
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