Any question pertaining to medical issues must be discussed with a physician before making changes to a medication regimen. As some medications are time-released, there are restrictions on crushing pills into food or beverages. Consult a physician about this matter to find out the best way of taking Aricept.
It is true one needs to ask the doctor to get the liquid form if the pill is time-released pill. However, some pills don't have liquid form. Also, it takes a lot of trouble to get the right form. Of course, if one can get the right form (liquid), it is better. Chewing pills is only for some pills that are OK to be chewed.
I wonder if there is not any liquid form, then the patient has no choice. Perhaps to spray the powder in the food is better than chewing. Some capsule needs to be sprayed and not chewed. We opened the capsule for my FIL.
Normally the pharmacy always writes down the instructions if it is a pill that cannot be chewed. It is best to ask the doctor first to prescribe something that is OK to be chewed or taken in powder/crushed form if this is a problem. If the label on the pills says don't chew, then you should ask the doctor to prescribe something that can be chewed or prescribe the liquid form.
I don't think aricept needs to be swallowed as a whole pill. My father-in-law chews pills all the time. When he took them, he chewed them anyway. He could not tolerate aricept because he had loss of appetite.
Although some pills are to be swallowed, my father-in-law chews them all. I think the worst thing is just it does not have maximum effect but it is ok with him.
You can put it in the yogurt or apple sauce to make it tasteful.