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What is Gloup Original?

Gloup Original is a swallowing gel with 100% natural ingredients, which is intended to make solid pills and unopened capsules, easier to swallow. Crushing pills or opening capsules is not needed when using Gloup Original. Gloup Original is a Class 1 medical device.

Gloup Original, has been formulated to be of a consistency in line with IDDSI level 3 http://iddsi.org/

What is Gloup Forte? (COMING SOON)

Gloup Forte is a swallowing gel with 100% natural ingredients, which is intended to make solid pills and unopened capsules, easier to swallow. Crushing pills or opening capsules is not needed when using Gloup Forte. Gloup Forte is a Class 1 medical device.

Gloup Forte, has been formulated to be of a thicker consistency in line with IDDSI level 4 http://iddsi.org/

Distinguishing features of Gloup Original

All packages have a red Gloup Original logo. The Gloup Original tube is a plastic tube with flip-top cap, 75ml or 150ml content. The ingredients are mentioned on the back, as well as the instructions for use in three steps. The Gloup Original pump bottle is a plastic 500ml bottle with dispenser; the dosage of the full dispenser movement is 5ml. The ingredients and the instructions for use in three steps are mentioned. The link to the manufacturers website www.Gloup.eu is marked, for more information about Gloup Original.

What colour is the gel?

The swallowing gel is clear, with a slightly red colour.

Composition Gloup Original

The swallowing gel contains 100% natural ingredients, such as water, carrageenan, maltodextrin, sucrose, potassium sorbate, calcium chloride, citric acid, a natural colouring and flavouring.

How to use Gloup Original?

According to speech and language therapists, the best swallowing result will be obtained with Gloup Original after being stored in the refrigerator.

  1. Place the medicine(s) to be taken on a tablespoon.
  2. Then squeeze a small amount directly from the tube or the pump dispenser onto the medicines. About 5ml or half a tablespoon of Gloup Original will be enough.
  3. Then put it all in your mouth and swallow everything in one go.
How does Gloup Original work?

Gloup 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. Gloup Original moistens the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat cavity.
  3. The fresh flavour of Gloup Original masks the unpleasant taste of medication.
Who can use Gloup Original?

Gloup Original can be used by anyone who struggles to swallow pills and capsules, but can swallow independently. Gloup Original is suitable for anyone over the age of 2. Gloup Original contains solely natural ingredients and does not contain gluten, allergens and gelatine.

Should you drink water when you use Gloup Original for swallowing your medicines?

For swallowing, it is not necessary to drink water if you are using Gloup 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.

Can you take several types of medication together with Gloup Original?

Gloup 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 of one another and should not, therefore, be taken simultaneously. If in any doubt, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist. In this event, take your Gloup Original with you along with the information leaflet.

Does Gloup Original interact with your medication?

Gloup 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 Gloup Original could impact upon the effectiveness of your medication.

Do you need to open your capsules before taking with Gloup Original?

No! Capsules can be swallowed smooth and simple with Gloup 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.

Should you crush or pulverise tablets before mixing with Gloup Original?

No! Tablets can be swallowed safely and smoothly with Gloup Original. Therefore, tablet crushing or pulverising is not necessary. It is never advisable to crush medicines because this may reduce the effectiveness of the medicine and the chance of side effects may increase. There also might be undesired interaction between several medicines.

When is it better not to use Gloup Original?

Gloup Original has not been developed specifically for patients with a disturbed swallowing reflex. Gloup Original is not a solution for patients who choke on solid substances. Gloup 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 Gloup Original, you are advised to consult your doctor or pharmacist before using. In this event, take your tube or bottle of Gloup Original with you.

Does Gloup Original contain sugar?

Gloup Original contains 10% of sucrose as a sweetening agent.

Is Gloup Original suitable for a gluten-free diet?

Gloup Original is free from gluten.

Does Gloup Original contain allergens?

Gloup Original is free from allergens.

Does Gloup Original contain gelatine?

Gloup Original is free from gelatine.

Can you take nutritional supplements and/or vitamins with Gloup Original?

Gloup Original is a universal swallowing gel that is also suitable for swallowing nutritional supplements and vitamins.

Using Gloup Original during pregnancy and breastfeeding

There is insufficient data available to establish the safety of Gloup Original during pregnancy or breastfeeding, always consult your GP with any concerns.

Gloup Original and driving

As far as is known, the ingredients in Gloup Original do not have any impact on your ability to drive.

How much Gloup Original can you take in one go?

Usually 5ml (half a tablespoon) of Gloup Original is enough each time. With this quantity of swallowing gel swallowing your medicines goes smooth and simple. A larger quantity of Gloup Original can be used with larger quantities of medicines. The medication can also be taken with Gloup Original in several doses.

How often can you use Gloup Original?

You can use Gloup 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 Gloup Original in higher doses.

Warnings and precautions

Gloup Original 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 bottle of Gloup Original with you.

How should Gloup Original be stored?

Gloup Original must be kept out of the reach of children, in the closed, original packaging and preferably between 2 and 25°C. Speech and Language therapists advise to store Gloup Original/ in the refrigerator, because a chilled swallowing gel improves the swallowing reflex.

How long can Gloup Original be kept?

The expiry date is printed on the tube and the bottle. Once the tube or bottle has been opened, Gloup Original can be used for two months. Unused Gloup Original can be disposed of with your ordinary household waste after the use-by date.