whether oral disintegrating tablets (ODT) work any faster than regular tablets

We're getting questions about whether oral disintegrating tablets (ODT) work any faster than regular tablets.

The short answer is not usually. The med is still swallowed in the saliva and absorbed by the gut...even though it melts instantly. For example, Risperdal and Risperdal M-TABS both take an hour to work.

ODT forms can help with tolerability and adherence...since the tabs dissolve immediately and can be taken withOUT water. Zofran ODT has a benefit that nausea isn't worsened by swallowing a tablet and water. The same goes for Metozolv...Maxalt MLT...and Zomig ZMT.

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