What Happens If I Crush Fosamax Or Mix With Water To Facilitate Taking. Pills Get Stuck In My Throat

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Asked by Lynne

What Happens If I Crush Fosamax Or Mix With Water To Facilitate Taking. Pills Get Stuck In My Throat

Pills get stuck in my throat so I cannot get fosamax down. Is boniva or actonel smaller? What happens if I cut them or mix with water? Getting them stuck in my throat is a bigger problem. I know there is a liquid version of fosamax, but it is very expensive and there is no generic version of it.

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Hi Lynne, welcome to the community and I'm sorry you are having trouble with the medication. You can't crush, break or dissolve Fosamax. Talk to the pharmacist to verify this or read the this link from rxlist that explains this. My understanding is the drug won't work properly if it isn't swallow whole. You also need to take it with 8 ounces of water to make sure it goes directly to you stomach and doesn't dissolve in the throat because it can cause esophageal irritation.

If the liquid form is too expensive, have you tried to get an "drug exception" going on this with your insurance co. When certain drugs aren't covered or the copay is too high you have the right to start an appeal for coverage or a drug exception appeal. Look through you insurance booklet for these 2 things and see what the steps are for going through this. If you don't have insurance you may qualify for Mercks patient assistance program found here.

Good luck and please check with the pharamcist to verify what I said.

Answered by Pam Flores