We had to prepare (what felt like) a half-gallon of amoxicillin suspension the other day. It was a prescription for a teenager. Yes, Mom said, she "can't swallow pills."
Come on now. Sometimes I have a hard time --er--- swallowing that story. I am just somewhat disbelieving of these teens and adults who claim the total inability to swallow a tablet or capsule. I'm not talking about people who are handicapped or developmentally disabled or have some anatomical defect or injury. I'm talking about the normal folks who, somewhere in their past, gagged on a dry tablet or had something go down the wrong way and are now totally convinced it's beyond their capability. Sometimes they don't tell you until the prescription is all ready -- they look at you wide-eyed and say, "oh, I can't swallow THOSE !!" Well, what the heck did you think you were going to get after coming in for a doctor's appointment, receiving a prescription and waiting for it at the pharmacy --- a smoothie, a Big Gulp, what? They act kind of outraged that you would even present them with this daunting task.
The suggestions I give for this problem --- wetting the tablet or capsule and using a straw to drink the liquid needed to swallow it --- are sometimes accepted and sometimes not. Sometimes you can crush the tablet or open the capsule, but not always. But if a person has convinced themselves they can't swallow a tablet or capsule at the age of 15 it will be a difficult pharmaceutical road ahead, for sure.
Anyone have any favorite tips for our non-swallowers? I need some.