Discussion of prevalence and management of discomfort when swallowing pills: orodispersible tablets expand treatment options in patients with depression

Ther Deliv. 2011 May;2(5):611-22. doi: 10.4155/tde.11.32.


Many patients experience discomfort when trying to swallow tablets and capsules, but this issue is rarely discussed between patients and physicians. Discomfort when swallowing pills is common and arises due to the morphology of the oropharynx and esophagus, which are not well suited to swallowing rigid objects of small volume. Compliance with medication is poor in patients with chronic diseases such as depression. An inability or unwillingness to swallow medication can further reduce acceptance of and compliance with medication, which has an impact on effectiveness. Recognition that patient acceptance of prescribed medication is an important component of compliance has led to the development of pill-swallowing training programs and alternative formulations. Orodispersible tablets do not need to be taken with water and can be packaged discreetly in single doses. Orodispersible tablets have been shown to be effective in a number of therapy areas including depression.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Anxiety / drug therapy
  • Deglutition / physiology
  • Deglutition Disorders / epidemiology
  • Deglutition Disorders / therapy*
  • Depression / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Prevalence
  • Tablets


  • Tablets