• can no longer swallow pain meds

    Asked by survivor215 on Monday, November 7, 2016

    can no longer swallow pain meds

    Is there a pill similiar in strength to hydrocodone-acetaminoph 7.5-325 that is much smaller in size for pain? Swallowing is getting worse and can't swallow these anymore, even split in half

    14 Answers from the Community

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    • geekling's Avatar

      A pharmacist she know the answer.

      You need to contact the prescribing doctor.

      Im positive there is a lydocaine spray as well.

      I sure hope you can get help. Are you still undergoing a treatment?

      I dont know if it works during treatment but ask about swallow therapy. Also please consider giving up dairy for the time being. It makes mucus which you can ill afford.

      Best wishes

      over 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      My Dr.s have told me that some pain meds are injectable. I believe these were of the Ibuprofen family. My swallowing problem is a little lower than yours but every two years I need an endoscopy to clear out the scar tissue at the surgery site. I also recommend swallow therapy. But most of all you must discuss this with your Dr.

      over 4 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I think that this medication also comes in liquid form. I would contact your doctor and ask.

      over 4 years ago
    • Oldnightnurse's Avatar

      Hi, this does come in liquid form - your doc will need to give you a new prescription for it. I, too, have had difficulty swallowing pills off and on since treatment. Finally was able to swallow them for a few months then the lymphedema started. I'm an extreme case though from what my docs have said. I currently have a tracheostomy (thanks to the lymphedema and fibrotic tissue, likely permanent), lymphedema of the neck and face (again

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      @survivor215, yes, someone here will know the answer also, that's why the site was created, thank you for asking, as @clinda said, it is available in a liquid form. I had to take it because I too had trouble taking the pills. Still today, over 8 years later, I still have trouble swallowing pills larger than an aspirin.

      over 4 years ago
    • LaughSmile's Avatar

      I crush mine, Missing in water and pour it with a syringe down the feeding tube. A suggestion, if you have a g-tube...

      over 4 years ago
    • LaughSmile's Avatar

      Oh, one more suggestion...

      Morphine Sulfate is available in liquid form. Addictive, but very affective.


      over 4 years ago
    • gonewest's Avatar

      I take plain oxycodone which is a very tiny pill. Very tiny. The doctor can prescribe this instead of hydrocodone. It is somewhat stronger but not by much. It does not contain Tylenol.

      over 4 years ago
    • jsbernie's Avatar

      I was taking oxycodone 10mg with tylenol every 4 hours...had to set my alarm clock so I wouldnt miss a done. I complained about not getting any good sleep....they thought it over and put me on 5mg of methadone taken every 12 hours. the methadone worked better for the pain control and it was great being able to sleep normally.....

      over 4 years ago
    • Richardc's Avatar

      I ended up getting my pain Ned's in liquid firm. We found a local compounding pharmacy to prepare the solution.

      over 4 years ago
    • carlie's Avatar

      I've used the liquid form of hydrocodone. Dr gave a new prescription .
      Hoping for improvement for you .

      over 4 years ago
    • Kebohs' Avatar

      Yes I took liquid form of oxycodone. You Dr. can write the prescription. Feel better.

      over 4 years ago
    • survivor215's Avatar

      I ended up with liquid hydrocodone. Almost unbearable to swallow, burns my throat so bad but right now, I don't have much choice. Getting harder to swallow everyday, don't know what is going on, go for swallow study next week to see if throat can be stretched. Fingers crossed . Didn't expect to have to put up with this all over again 6 yrs out of treatment.

      over 4 years ago
    • Kebohs' Avatar

      Survivor, the oxycodone didn't burn at all. The hydrocodone did. See if you can try switching. I couldn't handle the hydrocodone.

      over 4 years ago

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