How can I detect fake pills?

Brandon

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Are there any methods to detect fake pills at home?
You can do this at home by dropping off the pill in vinegar. If the pill fizzes then there is a probability of it being a fake. This is because fizzing indicates that as a' filler' it includes calcium carbonate. While it is also sometimes used as a harmless material in real drugs, calcium carbonate is more frequently used in fakes because it is cheaper than starch.
 

Scarlet

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When people buy prescription drugs on the street, there is always the possibility that they may be purchasing fake pills. Since fake pills may have fentanyl very unevenly mixed into them, therefore, it is important to verify before buying pills, because now all things have a bad mask inside.
 

Anderson

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I think the question on how to detect fake pills really matters to those who are healthy enough and have time to carry out that short experiment. Someone in a critical state would never know what is being administered to him or her, hence, this is a question that both the sick and healthy needs to be aware of as it matters to health generally. Learning how to detect fake drugs may not matter to you now that you are healthy, but crucial to a family member or loved one when they are sick.
Are there any methods to detect fake pills at home?
 

Anderson

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You can do this at home by dropping off the pill in vinegar. If the pill fizzes then there is a probability of it being a fake. This is because fizzing indicates that as a' filler' it includes calcium carbonate. While it is also sometimes used as a harmless material in real drugs, calcium carbonate is more frequently used in fakes because it is cheaper than starch.
This is very useful and thanks for sharing, but again, do we really need to test pills if they are bought from a good brand or pharmacy? What precisely should be the yardstick for us to test pills or should all pills be tested regardless of where its bought or who manufactured it?
 

Shanta96

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You can do this at home by dropping off the pill in vinegar. In the event that the pill bubbles, at that point there is a likelihood of it being a phony. This is on the grounds that effervescing shows that as a' filler' it incorporates calcium carbonate. While it is additionally at times utilized as an innocuous material in genuine medications, calcium carbonate is all the more regularly utilized in fakes since it is less expensive than starch.
 

jSmith

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Detecting most of the fake pills is almost impossible because they are made exactly like the original ones. But if you are very familiar with the medication, then you might have a chance to detect something different in the texture or color. Best if you could get medications from trusted sources so that there is no probability of getting fake pills.
 

Roselene

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You can do this at home by dropping off the pill in vinegar. If the pill fizzes then there is a probability of it being a fake. This is because fizzing indicates that as a' filler' it includes calcium carbonate. While it is also sometimes used as a harmless material in real drugs, calcium carbonate is more frequently used in fakes because it is cheaper than starch.
Hi @Brandon here is a method/technology to check fake pills. Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have now developed a paper test that should cost less than $1 to manufacture that can reliably tell if a medication is authentic or not. They reported their findings at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia.
here is the link to paper test video
 

aarav446

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You can do this at home by dropping off the pill in vinegar. If the pill fizzes then there is a probability of it being a fake. This is because fizzing indicates that as a' filler' it includes calcium carbonate. While it is also sometimes used as a harmless material in real drugs, calcium carbonate is more frequently used in fakes because it is cheaper than starch.
The best indication would be if it tastes different, appears different in color, or reacts differently in the way it dissolves or breaks. If anything appears abnormal, people should call their pharmacy or doctor immediately or can check with the batch number on the company`s website.
 

Ninny

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Fake medicines can be dangerous for a number of reasons. Perhaps they have been falsified or deliberately mislabelled. Illicit medicines often contain the wrong amount of active ingredient (too little, too much, or none at all). Some fake medicines have been found to contain mercury, arsenic, rat poison or cement.

In other cases, the medicines may be genuine but have been stolen and then badly stored or may have expired. This means they could be ineffective or contaminated.
 

Jesse Washington

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I am not sure whether you could easily detect a fake pill. Maybe the texture is different, or if you observe carefully, you will see some small differences.
 

Farah Islam

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Are there any methods to detect fake pills at home?
 
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