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
- 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