Find alternatives to your existing medication

Swallowing difficulties affect people who are prescribed tablets or capsules which they tamper with to make easier to swallow.  Alternative forms of the medicine may be available as medicine tampering is often unnecessary. If you, or someone you know suffers from dysphagia and want to know about alternatives to your medicine, type its name into the search box below.

What does dysphagia mean to prescribers

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Dysphagia unsurprisingly creates difficulties for healthcare professionals when it comes to prescribing and administering medicines. This website is designed to provide an easy to use and up to date source of information for prescribing and administering medicines to patients with dysphagia, the availability of alternative formulations and guidance on the appropriateness of tablet crushing and dispersion.

If an alternative suitable formulation is available then the decision is relatively straightforward. Where there is no obvious formulation available then a discussion with your local pharmacist may be appropriate as they will be aware of unlicensed formulations of the medicine (specials). Where tablet crushing seems to be the only option available, the appropriateness of this should be carefully considered taking into account both the clinical and legal issues.

Do you have swallowing difficulties?

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Being unable to swallow tablets and capsules is not uncommon and it can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Evidence suggests that patients who cannot swallow solid medicines are still being prescribed them and they then resort to crushing or dispersing them in water. Although this can be safe in most cases, it is always necessary to check before doing so, usually by asking your pharmacist. Frequently, patients crush tablets and open capsules because they are not aware of what else is available.

Our database helps you to check what different forms of your medicine are available and to see whether or not they are safe to crush or disperse. Information on different coatings and what this means for crushing is provided as well as information on different formulations and how to administer them.

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