The Impact of Prescribed Medication on Swallowing: An Overview Dysphagia clinicians are aware that best practices guidelines recommend a medications review as part of the assessment process. This article aims to review the literature to date regarding the impact that medications may have on the physiology of swallowing. It is important to consider the side effects of all medications, ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2010
The Impact of Prescribed Medication on Swallowing: An Overview
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  • Louise Gallagher
    Donegal County, Ireland
    Health Service Executive
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Article   |   December 01, 2010
The Impact of Prescribed Medication on Swallowing: An Overview
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2010, Vol. 19, 98-102. doi:10.1044/sasd19.4.98
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2010, Vol. 19, 98-102. doi:10.1044/sasd19.4.98

Dysphagia clinicians are aware that best practices guidelines recommend a medications review as part of the assessment process. This article aims to review the literature to date regarding the impact that medications may have on the physiology of swallowing. It is important to consider the side effects of all medications, not only medications listing swallowing difficulties as a known side effect. Medications that impact upon arousal, awareness, and xerostomia should also be considered as part of a comprehensive dysphagia evaluation. Speech-language pathologists should consider the pharmacist an integral dysphagia team member and a valuable resource.

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