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What To Do When They No Longer Want To Take Medicine They Give Him

What To Do When They No Longer Want To Take Medicine They Give Him

posted almost 2 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Hi Lora- I hope you are doing well! The last time you posted, you said your husband has been on hospice for a few months, so issues with medication may be different with their involvement. It is possible to give meds in pudding or applesauce as a way to disguise the pills, but it is also possible thay your husband is trying to tell you he doesn’t want to take them anymore. So much love and support to you in this time - I hope the hospice team can bring you some answers and a plan.❤️

edited, originally posted almost 2 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Hi Lora, My husband is now in hospice care at home and I am having the same problem with him taking his daily meds. When I get them in his mouth, he spits them out. I tried putting them in a spoonful of ice cream and that worked a few times. I tried dissolving them in water but he refused to drink it. His mind is pretty much gone now, but he is still physically strong so it's very difficult getting him to do something he doesn't want to do. I wish I had a good remedy for you. Hugs, Gwen

posted almost 2 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Thanks Sal. I’ll give it a try.

posted almost 2 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

@A myALZteam Member You know Lora, I am 66 (cared for my Mom for 10 years) and a year ago I noticed that I was having trouble swallowing pills. Turns out that my pills dry out my mouth somewhat and just age has dried my mouth and tears considerably. I started taking the pills with apple sauce and that just does the trick to bring saliva to my mouth, making it feel normal. A teaspoon before the pills and then some with the pills. Then stay sitting upright for half hour so that they don't get stuck half way down. So perhaps that may be part of the problem..... I was ready to toss them all down the drain too! THen I remembered how many said applesauce works wonders. Good luck
-Sharon

posted almost 2 years ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Thanks for all your help. At times I think he’s just tired of going on. But I’ll keep trying to get him to take them.

posted almost 2 years ago
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