Consider alternative routes of drug delivery (rectal, sublingual, topicals)
Swallowing Evaluation (speech therapy) to determine consistency of medications (e.g. pills, thin or thick liquids)
See above regarding food related aspiration prevention
Consult with pharmacist on medications that can be crushed or sprinkled into soft foods (e.g. pudding)
Exercise caution in tilting head to one side to swallow (may increase aspiration risk)
(2020 )Presc Lett 27(8): 47
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