“First consider if the person can swallow the tablet or capsule whole with the aid of an oral medication lubricant. A medication lubricant is a gel that is thick and easy to swallow and moistens the mouth and throat. The whole tablet or unopened capsule is placed in a spoonful of the gel and swallowed.”
The Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia, 2015, Australian Don’t Rush to Crush Handbook, 2nd ed., p.21.
What substance are you currently using to assist with taking your medication?
• yoghurt • thickened fluids
• fruit puree • custard
• ice cream • jam
• honey • fruit juice
Did you know that none of these substances have been designed for use with medications and can potentially impact the efficacy, side effect profile and absorption of the medication?
Many patients struggle to swallow their tablets and medications, resulting in substances such as yoghurt, fruit puree or jam being used to assist with swallowing. None of these substances have been designed for use with medications and can impact the efficacy, side effect profile and absorption of the drug.
Medications are designed and tested to be taken according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Tablets should break down and absorb into the body at a certain rate. Altering a tablet by crushing or splitting is likely to change this rate of absorption and may result in:
– a change in therapeutic effect
– increased risk of side effects
E.g. Extended/sustained release medications.
Consider using a medication lubricant, such as Gloup®, to assist in swallowing whole medication.
Always consult your Pharmacist before altering your medication.
Gloup® is the first purpose designed medication lubricant available in Australia that makes swallowing medications and vitamin supplements such as tablets, capsules and powders a more pleasant experience.
Gloup® is now available in Australia and has the following benefits:
– Effective lubricating gel that may negate the need to crush/alter medication.
– No known drug interactions.
– Designed to break down immediately once in the stomach, therefore having minimal or no impact on absorption.
– Cost comparable to yoghurt, fruit puree or jam.
Watch below Gloup® demonstration of lubricating properties vs yoghurt and fruit puree.
How does Gloup® compare?