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  1. Brian Meier
    15/02/2019

    It is also important to assess the person’s medication regimen for potential contributor such as anticholinergic agents or diuretics causing dry mouth.
    Sometimes it is the size and/or shape of the medication that they have difficulty with. The community pharmacist is well placed to suggest a smaller alternative brand or different shaped generic which may be easier to swallow.
    We are also well placed to advise on safe strategies and techniques for crushing medications and alternatives where alteration of the formulation is not safe/suitable (in consultation with the doctor)

    • Jarrod McMaugh
      15/02/2019

      Yes we also considered the effects of sedatives and muscle relaxants, as well as compounding medicines into forms that are easier to swallow, and even the basic role of finding a therapeutic equivalent that is easier to swallow.

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