For people who can't swallow pills due to neuromuscular conditions?
14 Aug 2013
There are a few options:
Opening the capsule into something like applesauce and eating it without chewing the beads (very important).
Getting the powder that you make right before taking into a suspension ('powder for oral suspension').
Or it can be made into a liquid suspension by a compounding pharmacist, and for that, I would look into a pharmacy that specializes in compounding, not one that offers it as a side service and has the compounding done off-site. It's a really simple suspension, depending on your insurance, you'll most likely need a prior authorization which is something that from what I've heard and personal experience myself, compounding pharmacies are experienced with and it's not a hassle for you, they take care of it.
A compounded suspension of omeprazole is good for 30 days refrigerated (depending on the technique the pharmacist uses when compounding). If you have your prescription compounded, ask if they crush the omeprazole for the suspension. If so, I'd find another pharmacy.
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