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A swallowing problem could create an obstruction that interferes with your breathing. If this happens. a Heimlich Maneuver will be needed immediately. Click here for information for people close to you to  learn how to do the maneuver. The same link provides information about how to do the maneuver yourself if you are alone.  In any event, if there is an obstruction and a Heimlich doesn't work - call 911 immediately.

If swallowing pills, food or drink is difficult, there are tips to keep in mind which are discussed in this article under the following headings:

If the tips in this article do not help, tell your doctor. In case  your doctor doesn't think of it, consider asking if the form of the drug can be changed by compounding. With compounding, a drug which usually is sold in one form can be changed into another form. While the delivery system is different, the effect in the body is the same.  For example, a drug that is normally taken in pill form may be able to be changed into a wearable patch. You then absorb the drug from the patch through your skin. 

NOTE:

  • If you experience dry mouth, click here.
  • If you experience mouth sores, click here.
  • To learn how to keep your mouth, gums and throat healthy and prevent problems, click here.

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