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19 Jun 2017, 3:26 pm

My step son was recently diagnosed with high functioning ASD. He's been seeing a psychologist and more recently a psychiatrist to prescribe. Despite telling her his inability to swallow pills or liquid she prescribed a liquid anxiety medication and said give it a try and we'll follow up at next apt. We already know this is going to be a nightmare, he cannot even take a fever reducer unless diluted enough in apple juice which is all he drinks outside of milk and water. Does anyone know of an alternative in patch or tasteless liquid form? We've been told he should be on meds for anxiety and a mood regulator.


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20 Jun 2017, 5:17 am

I think most all the meds for anxiety only come in pills & liquid besides injection but those are usually done at hospitals for tests or surgery.

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22 Jun 2017, 10:52 am

I had the same problem as a kid. I was put on Zoloft at age 6 and had to take it in liquid form until I was about 8 and could swallow pills. The liquid I had was mixed with orange juice, and I would drink it in the morning every day. It might be mixable with apple juice too, I'm not sure. My mom had me practice swallowing pills with Reese's Pieces in the meantime so I would eventually swallow pills on my own. Good Luck! :heart:

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22 Jun 2017, 9:49 pm

Remeron is available in an orally disintegrating tablet which tastes great. Clonazepam natually tastes like candy and you can melt it under your tongue instead of swallowing it which makes it kick in quicker.

I used to have problems swallowing pills too but I taught myself to (up to a point). Start with small pills and use yogurt instead of water. Line up capsules so that they arent gonna go down sideways. Hold the pill in your mouth with your tongue and start sucking then release the pill with your tongue and swallow. This sends the pill flying down your throat making it less likely to get stuck and gag.

Try to avoid meds that aren't coated, if they start to dissolve immediately in your mouth then they can get stuck a lot easier in your throat. Any gag relfex will set your stepson back in overcoming his fear of swallowing pills.

Try asking the doctor to prescribe smaller dosage size pills in higher quantities like 4 x 25mg Seroquel instead of 1 x 100mg. Seroquel 25mg pills are among as small as pills can get, they are really tiny and can work as a mood stabilzer.

You can use a pill cutter to break pills into smaller pieces as long as the medication is not long acting nor specifically indicates not to crush or chew the pill.

Escitalopram is an antidepressant that comes in very small pills which should be really easy to swallow.

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