A nurse preceptor is teaching a student how to properly administer an extended-release tablet. Which of the following is true about extended-release tablets?

The advantage is that the medication is delivered at a steady dose as opposed to having to re-administer it more often.
They should never be crushed or chewed.

Explanation

•Crushing or chewing an extended-release or sustained-release tablet will alter its absorption and increase the risk of adverse reactions.

•Part of the reason extended-released medications were developed was to limit the frequency of administration, which helps with medication compliance at home.

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