Opening and Mixing Oseltamivir Capsules with Liquids if Child Cannot Swallow Capsules
Questions & Answers
Does oseltamivir come in a liquid form?
Yes, oseltamivir is produced in a suspension (liquid) form. However, this is a seasonal item and may not always be available in every pharmacy. Sometimes your child’s provider may prescribe oseltamivir capsules for your child.
What can I do if my child cannot swallow capsules?
If your child’s provider prescribes oseltamivir capsules for your child and your child cannot swallow capsules, the prescribed capsules may be opened, mixed with a thick sweetened liquid, and given that way.
What liquids can I use?
A thick, sweetened liquid that masks the flavor of the medicine, such as regular or sugar-free chocolate syrup, can be mixed with the contents of the oseltamivir capsule. You don't have to use chocolate syrup, but thick, sweet liquids work best at covering up the taste of the medicine. The child should consume the liquid mixture entirely.
If my child can’t swallow capsules, how do I open oseltamivir capsules and mix the medicine?
Pour a small amount (about a spoonful) of the thick, sweetened liquid into a cup or bowl. Carefully open the oseltamivir capsule and pour out all of the powder inside the capsule and mix it into the liquid. The exact amount of liquid used doesn’t matter, as long as the powder inside the capsule is mixed in well. All of the medicine may not dissolve, just be sure it is all well mixed. Use only the prescribed dose.
What will I need to do this?
You will need:
- the prescribed oseltamivir capsule
- a small bowl or cup
- a spoon
- a spoonful of a thick, sweetened liquid, such as regular or sugar-free chocolate syrup
How do I mix the ingredients?
- Pour a small amount (about a spoonful) of the thick, sweetened liquid into a cup or bowl.
- Holding one capsule over the bowl, carefully pull the capsule open and pour the complete contents of the capsule into the bowl.
- Stir the mixture and give the entire dose to the child with a spoon.
Should my child take all of the mixture?
Yes, make sure your child takes all of the medicine mixture.
- Page last reviewed: November 3, 2016
- Page last updated: November 3, 2016
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)
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