By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com Editor
As a parent, how many times have you heard your child, spouse, or aging family member utter the phrase, “I don’t want to take my medicine because…”?
Papatya Tankut, vice president of professional pharmacy services at CVS/pharmacy, offers solutions to three common complaints of people who won’t take their meds:
- “It tastes gross.” The first step here is to make sure the meds can be taken with the proverbial ‘spoonful of sugar.’ Look on the bottle to make sure the prescription can be taken with food. Tankut says some important things to watch out for are whether the medicine: has to be taken on an empty stomach, can’t be crushed, or can’t be taken with dairy products or certain types of juice. If the medication can be taken while eating, she suggests placing pills inside small pieces of food, or taking liquid medications in conjunction with a tasty beverage. If a tablet cannot be crushed, you can still put it in their food—just make sure that it’s something they can swallow without chewing, like applesauce. For meds that can’t be taken with food, Tankut suggests telling your loved one to place the medicine on the back of their tongue and swallow it with a large glass of water.