Can compounding help with trouble swallowing pills? Can any medication be made into a liquid or patch formula?
Difficulty swallowing pills is a common problem. Be sure to discuss your problem with your doctor when he or she is prescribing a medication for you. While the medication may not be available in a chewable form, it may come in an alternate form such as liquid, powder, sublingual (placed under the tongue to dissolve), orally dissolving (when placed on the tongue), suppository (inserted in the rectum, or for females, in the vagina), nasal spray, injectable liquid, cream or ointment, or patch. These options can allow for you to avoid swallowing pills altogether. Your physician also may be able to treat the cause of the swallowing difficulty.
A word of caution: Do not crush pills or empty capsules to make them easier to swallow without first checking with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on the medication, this may alter the effect of the drug and/or may cause serious, possibly fatal, side effects. Unless your doctor or pharmacist has OK'd doing so, avoid crushing your medications to make swallowing easier.
Find a Walgreens location near you offering medication compounding services to tailor your prescriptions to your needs.