Everyone has questions from time to time about their medications. Your pharmacist is a great resource to help answer these types of questions! Pharmacists are the medication experts on your healthcare team. They have extensive education about medications, how they interact with one another, and how they can support your health. Here, we provide some answers to common medication-related questions featuring one of ExactCare’s own clinical pharmacists, Reeya Patel, PharmD, BCMTMS.
Reeya Patel, PharmD, BCMTMS
Did you know, one in three people have trouble swallowing pills? Swallowing pills can be tough, but it’s important for your health to find a way to stick to your medication routine. There are several reasons you may have difficulty taking pills, tablets or capsules. Speaking with your medical provider is an important first step to finding potential solutions. Your doctors and pharmacists can offer you the best advice on methods that are appropriate for you and the drugs you are taking. Keep in mind that any method that changes the way you take a pill can change the way your medication works. This can be harmful to your health. This is just one of the reasons it is important to talk to your medical provider if you are having trouble swallowing your pills.
Your pharmacist and prescribing doctors are trained to help you with your medication. They can offer suggestions for easier ways to swallow your pills that won’t impact the way your medication works. Here are a few options they may suggest, but before trying any of these options, you should always consult with your healthcare providers:
Many people may think an easy solution is to crush your pills, but that’s not always a good option. Crushing pills can alter the way some pills work. This can be harmful to your health. Your pharmacist or prescribing doctors can let you know if crushing pills is an option for you.
Some tips that work for one person may not work for everyone. Here are some other things you can try to make it easier to swallow your pills:
If you have questions, call us at 1-877-355-7225. Our pharmacists are here to help and can offer techniques for swallowing tablets. Remember to always take medications as prescribed.
Information featured on the ExactCare website, including the Ask a Pharmacist page, should not be considered medical advice. Please consult your pharmacist or doctor for advice regarding your personal health situation. If ExactCare is your pharmacy, call us directly to talk to your pharmacist: 1-877-355-7225
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