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 Getting Meds Down 
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Post Getting Meds Down
Any suggestions on how to get the pills down when they have forgotten how to swallow them? When that happens, it seems like everything else will go down but the pills and then the next time he may take them just fine.

Anita. Caregiver to husband Joe. Diagnosed with Dementia in Feb. 2006 and LBD in November 2006.

Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:05 am

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Location: SF Bay Area (Northern CA)
I think you have 3 choices:
* he stops taking his meds on a regular basis;
* he gets a feeding tube and you crush meds in order to give them via the tube
* you transition all meds to ones that don't come in pill form. Many meds come in liquid form (which must still be swallowed and liquids can be aspirated). A few come in melt-able form (placed on the tongue). A few come in patch form.

You might see if he can *always* take morning medication because there's less fatigue involved, and try to transition meds to the morning.

I would suggest discussing this with the neurologist immediately.

Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:02 am

Joined: Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:05 am
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Location: Raleigh, NC
Assuming he can swallow some things, you can crush the pills and put them into something of a consistency that's easier to swallow. It helps if he likes the taste of that something, too. Chocolate syrup works well for us, but our problem is more the distaste for pills than a problem swallowing.


Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:29 pm

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Anita -
Garnet makes a good suggestion. Check with your pharmacist to see what pills are crushable. Not all are crushable. And most taste quite nasty in crushed form.

Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:38 pm

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Post uncrushable meds
I have been giving my husband his meds with apple sauce but he still chews the pills . I have asked about this problem and thye said if they are crushed they get to much of the medications all at once so I dont know if this is a good idea.

Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:51 pm
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