Medication management of adults with swallowing difficulties

Working Party—Wright, Chapman, Foundling-Miah, Greenwall, Griffith, Guyon & Merriman


This guideline was developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel: Wright  D  et  al with the support of a grant from Rosemont Pharmaceuticals  Ltd. See bottom of page for full disclaimer.

Identifying patients with swallowing difficulties

Improved communication

  • Healthcare providers should always ask the patient or carer whether they have difficulty swallowing medication, and assess the reasons for this
  • Doctors should ensure that known swallowing difficulties are taken into consideration when prescribing medication
  • Community pharmacists should assess the suitability of medication formulations for individual patients, and report swallowing difficulties to the prescriber
  • Carers should inform the patient's doctor if they know or suspect that swallowing medication is an issue

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