Swallowing pills (problems)
Ifyou or someone you care for struggles to swallow pills, you should discuss it with your doctor or pharmacist.
Alternative forms of the medicine are sometimes available, or you may just need to experiment with some simple swallowing techniques.
Thispage gives some basic adviceand outlines the clinical and legal issues around crushing tablets or opening capsules.
This advice applies to:
If you or someone you care for struggles to swallow pills, you should discuss it with your doctor or pharmacist.
If you or the person you care forfinds it difficult to swallow tablets or capsules, you can ask your GP or pharmacistif there's an alternative form of the medicine. TheSwallowing Difficulties websitea
You can ask your GP or pharmacist if your tablets can be crushed, or your capsules opened and dispersed in water, before taking them. Only certain tablets or capsules can be given this way. The follow
Anurse or carer of someone withdysphagia shouldn't alter the form of a medicine by crushing or opening it, unless they've been instructed to do so by a doctor. If you crush or open the medicine to giv
1. Moisten your mouth with saliva or water beforehand (a dry mouth makes swallowing harder). 2. Place the pill in the centre of your tongue, and lengthways along your tongue if the pill is oval-shaped