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  1. MS05'

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    I'm guessing there's some kind of pill press apparatus...anyone know how much they cost and where you can get one?
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    WVUPharm2007 "I hear the WMD is the bomb."

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    I would assume it would be cheaper and easier to use capsules.
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    There is no such thing as a "pill". However, I assume you mean tablets. Tablets usually have a couple inactive ingredients (diluent) in addition to the active drug. The inactive ingredients usually serve as either a bulking agent (makes up most of a tablet), binder (substance that mixes powders together and makes them cohesive), disintegrants (helps break up & dissolve a tablet), glidants (helps with the coloring), and lubricants (helps keep the tablets in the press moving). You can make tablets three diffenent ways: direct compression, dry granulation and wet granulation. I would explain the process, but it can get quite complicated quickly.

    If you would like to buy equipment, check out www.pccarx.com

    Hope this helps!
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    Umm... is this really important information that you really need to have? Do you have plans to start a Homemade Exastacy business or be the first to concoct the cure to cancer?
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    his profile says he is a med student. Maybe its just blind curiosity?
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    My guess is that there would be plenty of such equipment available on Ebay. They probably have the best prices too, unless your second-hand connections are pretty good.

    The raw inactive ingredients may very well be available on Ebay as well. Just look on any OTC's label to see what inactives they use as binders/fillers.

    They're essentially sedimentary rocks...
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    It's not legal for anyone but a pharmacist to compound. That stuff ought not to be on E-bay.
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    Oh please. Look at all those herbal "medicines". They're not "drugs", they're "food products". Such are the current regulations. It wouldn't be illegal for any run-of-the-mill Joe to make these himself/herself for himself/herself.
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    speaking of herbal medicines, do pharmacist learn about any of htem? what if someone is taking an herbal medicine that could interact with an Rx drug and doesn't tell anyone or the pharmacist hasn't learned anything about that particular herbal medicine?
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    Our herbal class was an elective, but they just changed it to a required course. They reduced the number of required elective credit hours down to 8 from 10.
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    Yes, we go over it in school.

    Herbal med interacts with RX drugs.
    Patients sometimes do and don't tell the docs and pharmacists about the herbal meds they are taking.
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    we go over it in otc and i believe they are also adding an elective...
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    But that was like 20 years ago. There are more things out on the market now :smuggrin:
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    does anyone know about how many herbal medicines there are on the market? it seems like if you go to a healthfood store they are in abundance.

    I sometimes wonder how safe/potent all of those herbal medicines are and why they aren't more tightly regulated.
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    I think the real questions to ask are:
    1. Which of the herbal medicines have any effect? I'll bet the number is somewhat low and limits how many "food products" you need to have any knowledge of.
    2. Which have some kind of effect that we don't even know about?
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    They can have effects on the meds that you are taking, which is a bigger problem. They can inhibit or induce CYP enzymes.

    The herbals themselves are pretty benign. They may mask a problem, though. For instance, saw palmetto can help with prostate symptoms. But, you are better off going to the doctor to see if you have cancer instead of just treating the symptom with an herbal.
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    St. John's Wort is the worst herbal for causing serious interactions.
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    How about Grape Fruit..ok so it's not a herbal med..
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    nor does it consist of two words :cool:
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    I'm reporting you to mods for insulting a fella SDNer.. :thumbup:
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    ok... i thought tablet presses were illegal to own due to extacy mfg. and you need all sorts of paperwork from the fda??

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