Frequently Asked Questions
What is Slide?
Slide is a swallowing gel, which is intended to make noncrushed pills and unopened capsules, easier to swallow. Crushing pills or opening capsules is not needed when using Slide. Slide is a Class 1 medical device.
What is Slide Original?
Slide Original is a swallowing gel with 100% natural ingredients, which is intended to make non-crushed pills and unopened capsules, easier to swallow. Crushing pills or opening capsules is not needed when using Slide Original. Slide Original is a Class 1 medical device.
What is Slide Forte?
Slide Forte is a swallowing gel that helps patients with the intake of their oral medication. Both crushed medication and whole tablets, capsules and pills can be taken with Slide Forte. Allowing for crushing or not depends on the patient, medication and circumstances. It is always up to your pharmacist or doctor to give you advice with regards to this. Gloup Forte is a Class 1 Medical Device .
Distinguishing features of Slide
All packages have a red Slide logo. The Slide tube is a plastic tube with flip-top cap, 75ml or 150ml contentThe ingredients are mentioned on the back, as well as the instructions for use in three steps. The Slide flacon is a plastic 500ml flask with dispenser; the dosageer full dispenser movement is 5ml. The ingredients and the instructions for use in three steps are mentioned. The link to the website www.slidemeds.com is marked, for more information about Slide.
Distinguishing features of Slide Original
All packages have a Slide Original logo. The Slide Original tube is a plastic tube with flip-top cap, 75ml or 150ml contents. The ingredients are mentioned on the back, as well as the instructions for use in three steps. The link to the website www.slidemeds.com is marked, for more information about Slide Original.
The swallowing gel has to be clear, with a slightly red colour.
What does Slide Forte look like?
Slide Forte should be transparent. Slide Forte is a thick unifrom gel without any lumps or pieces.
The swallowing gel contains 99% natural ingredients, such as water, carrageenan, maltodextrine, potassium sorbate, calcium chloride, citric acid, a natural colorant and flavouring, with the excipient aspartame.
Composition Slide Original
The swallowing gel contains 100% natural ingredients, such as water, carrageenan, maltodextrine, sucrose, potassium sorbate, calcium chloride, citric acid, a natural colorant and flavouring.
How to use Slide/Slide Original?
According to speech therapists, the best swallowing result will be obtained with chilled Slide/Slide Original. Place the medicine(s) to be taken on a tablespoon. Then squeeze a small amount directly from the tube or the pump dispenser onto the medicines. About 5ml or half a tablespoon of Slide/Slide Original will be enough. Then put it all in your mouth and swallow everything in one go.
How does Slide/Slide Original work?
Slide/Slide Original works in three ways:
1. The gel is thick and smooth and ensures easy swallowing of medicines as well as a smooth passing via the oesophagus to the stomach;
2. Slide/Slide Original moistens the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat cavity;
3. The fresh fruit flavour of Gloup/Gloup Original eliminat the unpleasant taste of medication.
How does Slide Forte work?
Slide Forte is a slippery gel with a nice vanilla flavour. Slide Forte masks the bad taste of the medication with this nice flavour. The slippery gel eases the swallowing of the medication and the transportation to the stomach
Who can use Slide?
Slide can be used by anyone who struggles to swallow pills and capsules, but can swallow independently. Slide is suitable for anyone over the age of 2. Slide does not contain gluten, allergens and gelatine and is sugar-free.
Who can use Slide Original?
Slide Original can be used by anyone who struggles to swallow pills and capsules, but can swallow independently. Slide Original is suitable for anyone over the age of 2. Slide Original contains solely natural ingredients and does not contain gluten, allergens and gelatine.
Who can use Slide Forte?
Slide Forte is according to self- classification a product with IDDSI Level 4. IDDSI is an international standard to decide on thickness of food/ fluids. IDDSI Level 4 equals the thickness of cottage cheese and is used a lot in patients with severe dysphagia. For more info check www.iddsi.org.
Should you drink water when you use Slide/Slide Original for swallowing your medicines?
For swallowing, it is not necessary to drink water if you are using Slide/Slide Original. However, in many cases the manufacturer of the medication recommends taking your medicine with a glass of water. This is not important for the swallowing process, but it is essential for the absorption in the stomach. For this reason, this advice should always be followed, even if you have already swallowed the medication. In case of doubt, please consult the medication package insert.
Does the patient need to drink water after using slide Forte?
If the patients does not have dysphagia, a glass of water can be taken after the intake of medication with Slide Forte, if this is recommended with the medication, however it is not necessary. If the patients has dysphagia, then decide if this is possible based on the patients situation. Please keep in mind that giving thickened water directly after the use of Slide Forte can have a serious impact on efficacy of the medication.
Can you take several types of medication together with Slide/Slide Original?
Slide/Slide Original can be used with several types of medication at the same time. An exception to this rule applies to medicines that can affect the effectiveness ofanother and should not, therefore, be taken simultaneously. If in any doubt, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist. In this event, take your tube or flacon of Slide/Slide Original with you.
Can you take multiple tablets at once with Slide Forte?
With Slide Forte you can take multiple tablets at once. This is with the exception of medication that has an effect on the efficacy of the other medicine, or 2 types of medication that for any reason cannot be taken at the same time. In case of any doubt, always ask your pharmacist or doctor first. Always take your bottle of Slide Forte with you to show.
Does Slide/Slide Original interact with your medication?
Slide/Slide Original is a swallowing gel that does not have any active or pre-emptive properties. There is no known scientific data that has shown that ingredients of Slide/Slide Original could impact upon the effectiveness of your medication.
Does Slide Forte interact with medication?
Slide Forte is a swallowing gel, without any active ingredients or preventive properties. There is no scientific data to show that any of the ingredients of Slide Forte have an influence on the efficacy of any medication.
Do you need to open your capsules before taking with Slide/Slide Original?
No! Capsules can be swallowed smooth and simple with Slide/Slide Original. Therefore, opening capsules is not necessary. It is never advisable to open capsules because this may affect the effectiveness of the medication and the side effects may increase.There also might be an undesired interaction between several medicines.
Does capsules need to be opened before taken with Slide Forte?
No. Capsules can be easily taken with Slide Forte, without opening them . Opening capsules is not necessary. Opening capsules is not recommended, because it can potentially change the efficacy of the medication. It can also lead to an unwanted interaction with other medication.
In case of severe dysphagia: always look at the patient and decide whether it is safe for the patient to take capsules without opening them. If this is too dangerous, the capsules need to be opened and given with Gloup Forte. Always check with your pharmacists whether the capsules are allowed to be opened.
Should you crush or pulverise tablets before mixing with Slide/Slide Original?
No! Tablets can be swallowed smooth and simple with Slide/Slide Original. Therefore, tablet crushing or pulverising is not necessary. It is never advisable to crush medicines because this may affect the effectiveness of the medic and the side effects may increase. There also might be undesired interaction between several medicines.
Do we need to crush the medication before giving it with Gloup Forte?
No. Tablets or pills can be swallowed easily with the help of Slide Forte. So it is not necessary to crush the pills or tablets. Crushing tablets or pills is not recommended, as this can change the efficacy of the medication, or there can be an increase in side effects. It can also lead to an unwanted interaction with other medication.
In case of severe dysphagia: always look at the patient and decide whether it is safe for the patient to take tablets or pills without crushing them. If this is too dangerous, the pills or tablets need to be crushed and given
with Slide Forte. Always check with your pharmacists whether the pills or tablets are allowed to be crushed.
When is it better not to use Slide/Slide Original?
Slide/Slide Original has not been developed specifically for patients with a disturbed swallowing reflex. Slide/Slide Original is not a solution for patients who choke on solid substances. Slide/Slide Original should not be used for swallowing medicines in liquid or dispersible form. If you are over-sensitive to one or more of the components in Slide/Slide Original, you are advised to consult your doctor or pharmacist before using. In this event, take your tube or flacon of Slide/Slide Original with you. If you don’t want or may not use sugar; the use of Gloup is preferred over Gloup Original.
When not to use Slide Forte?
Slide Forte is not specifically designed for patients with illness to the anatomy required for swallowing. Slide Forte is also not a solution for patients who get aspiration from the intake of solid substances. Slide Forte is not intended for the intake of liquid medication or in dispersible form.
If you are hypersensitive to any of the ingredients of Slide Forte, always check with your pharmacist or GP before taking. Always bring your bottle of Slide Forte with you in this case.
In case of Diabetes: check with your doctor if you can use Slide Forte, as the product contains 10% plain sugar.
Can Slide Forte be taken by a patient that has dysphagia?
In case of severe dysphagia: Always check with your doctor or speech therapist if the use of Slide Forte could be a potential solution in your case. They can advise you on Slide Forte and see whether you can use Slide Forte (IDDSI Level 4. Extremely thick) safely. If Slide Forte is to viscous/ thick, there are other types available like Slide Forte (IDDSI Level 3/ moderately thick). There is a type of Slide for every patient.
What are the instructions for use in case of severe dysphagia?
In case of severe dysphagia;
- Always keep Slide Forte in the fridge. The low temperature has a positive effect on the consistency/ thickness of the product.
- Pour Slide Forte on a spoon directly from the bottle, without the use of the dispenser. This has a positive effect on the consistency of the product.
- Always ask your doctor or speech therapist for advise first, before you start using Slide Forte.
Does Slide contain sugar?
Slide contains the sweetener aspartame; no sugar was added.
Does Slide Original contain sugar?
Slide Original contains 10% of sucrose as sweetening agent.
Is Slide/Slide Original suitable for a gluten-free diet?
Slide/Slide Original is free from gluten.
Does Slide/Slide Original contain allergens?
Slide/Slide Original is free from allergens.
Does Slide/Slide Original contain gelatine?
Slide/Slide Original is free from gelatine.
Can you take nutritional supplements and/or vitamins with Slide/Slide Original?
Slide/Slide Original is a universal swallowing gel that is also suitable for swallowing nutritional supplements and vitamins.
Using Slide/Slide Original during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
There is insufficient data available to establish the safeof Slide/Slide Original during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Slide/Slide Original and driving
As far as is known, the ingredients in Slide/Slide Original do not have any impact on your ability to drive.
How much Slide/Slide Original can you take in one go?
Usually 5ml (half a tablespoon) of Slide/Slide Original is enough each time. With this quantity of swallowing gel swallowing your medicines goes smooth and simple. A larger quantity of Slide/Slide Original can be used with larger quantities of medicines. The medication can also be taken with Gloup/Gloup Original in several doses.
What is the maximum intake of Slide Forte?
Usually it is enough to use 5 ml per intake of Slide Forte. With this amount of swallowing gel, the intake of the medication will be much easier. If needed the amount of Slide Forte can be increased. The medication can also be taken in multiple intakes with Slide Forte.
Even if a patient takes a bottle of 500 ml at once, they are still below any potentially dangerous amounts of any of the ingredients.
How often can you use Slide/Slide Original?
You can use Slide/Slide Original every time you take your medicines. A maximum of three doses per day is recommended for children under six years of age. Consult your pharmacist before using Slide/Slide Original in higher doses.
Warnings and precautions
Slide contains carrageenan, a substance that, in higher doses or when used over a long period, can lead to gastrointestinal problems, specifically flatulence and diarrhoea. If you encounter these issues, consult your doctor or your pharmacist. In this event, always take your tube or flacon of Slide with you. Aspartame is a source of fenylalanine.
Slide Forte contains Carrageenan, which given in high dosage and over a longer period, can lead to gastro- intestinal problems, mainly flatulence and diarrhoea. If you encounter these issues, always consult your doctor or pharmacist. In this case, always bring your bottle of Slide Forte with you.
How should Slide/Slide Original be stored?
Slide/Slide Original must be kept out of the reach of children, in the closed, original packaging and preferably between 2 and 25°C. Speech therapists advise to store Slide/Slide Original in the refrigerator, because a chilled swallowing gel improves the swallowing reflex.
How to store Slide Forte?
Keep Slide Forte in the fridge. This has a positive effect on the consistency and thickness of the product. Swallowing of a cold substance is also known for stimulating tte swallowing reflex
How long can Slide/Slide Original be kept?
The expiry date is printed on the tube and the flacon. On the tube or flacon has been opened, Slide/Slide Original can be used for two months. Unused Slide/Slide Original can be disposed of with your ordinary household waste after the use-by date.
How long can Slide Forte be kept/stored?
On the bottle is an expiry date. You can use Slide Forte until that date.
After opening the bottle of Slide Forte can be used for 2 months.
Unused Slide Forte can be disposed with your normal waste.
Internal testing indicates this product is suitable for the requirements of IDDSI Level 4 – Extremely Thick