Alternatives to Pill Swallowing

Extended-Release Dosage Forms That Should Not Be Crushed

Source: Data taken from Fig. 1 from "Don't Crush That Tablet!" by Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD in AMERICAN PHARMACY, May 1994, Vol. NS34, No. 5, p. 58.

Sometimes, no matter what you try, your child is either not ready or might have a physical or emotional impediment to being able to swallow pills. What can you do?

The easiest and most basic approach is to simply mention to your child's health care provider that he/she has this common problem. If your child isn't ready to learn how to swallow pills, explore alternative forms of the medication. The provider may be able to prescribe an alternative medicine or a medicine in a liquid form. Most children's medicines do come in liquid, sprinkle, or chewable forms and some can be crushed or dissolved. Some specialized pharmacies can make up an elixir that contains a palatable tasting liquid containing the required medication if your child cannot swallow pills or capsules.

Medication Alternatives

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