Spansules - スパンスル -


Paul : Hi, Alex. Dr. Dan wants to know what dosage forms of ferrous sulfate we have in stock.
Alex : Our supply of ferrous sulfate includes oral liquid such as syrup, drops and elixir. We also have regular tablets and  spansules.
Paul : I’m wondering about the extended-release tablets that he wants to prescribe.
Alex : We have spansules for ER drugs. But our long acting ferrous sulfate tablets are out of stock.
Paul : Ferrous sulfate is usually taken three times a day in between meals but he wants to prescribe it once every three days.
Alex : Spansules release the active ingredients slowly so that the drug remains effective for a longer period. This may help reduce some of the digestive side effects that are sometimes a problem with iron supplements.
Paul : I usually administer ferrous sulfate to the patient on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. 
Alex : Spansules should be taken before meal but if they do upset the stomach, they may be taken with or after food.
Paul : Also, the spansules contain beads that are filled with a fine powder.
Alex : Yes. And this is great for children, because you can open up the spansules and sprinkle some of the fine powder on food for a lower dose. However, adults and children over the age of 12 should swallow them whole. They should not be crushed or chewed.  Opening or breaking the spansule can cause too much of the drug to be released at once. 
Paul : That’s a good point. Thanks for your help.
Alex : No problem.

Think about it

  1.  What information does Dr. Dan need?
  2.  What makes spansule effective?
  3.  What forms of medicine have you been dispensing more often? 


  Medical Terms Words/Phrases

Ferrous sulfate / syrup /  elixir /  spansule /  extended-release or ER

Verbs  administer

 release / sprinkle


第1問 : 配点1 Of what dosage form does Dr. Dan want to know?
1:ER drugs
2:Ferrous sulfate

第2問 : 配点1 Which medication they do not have in stock?
1:Long acting ferrous sulfate tablet

第3問 : 配点1 What kind of side effects can one expect with spansules?
3:digestive side effect,

第4問 : 配点1 What do spansules contain?

第5問 : 配点1 Who should swallow whole spansules?
1:children over 12
3:adult and children over 12,