How to dissolve a medicine tablet (2199)

Key points below

What is dissolving a tablet in an oral syringe?

It is an easy way to turn a tablet into a liquid medicine.  Ask your pharmacist if this method will work for your child’s medicine.

Why is it needed?

This may make it easier for your child to swallow the medicine.  It also helps to give in a feeding tube, if used.

What are the steps?

1. Prepare a clean workspace. Remove clutter so that you have room to work.
2. Wash your hands.
3.  Get your supplies.
Medicine syringe (size 10 mL or larger)
Medicine Tablet 
Tap Water at room temperature

4. Pull the plunger out of the syringe.


5. Put the tablet into the wide opening of the syringe.


6. Push the plunger back into the syringe.


7. Draw up about 5 ml of water.


8. Put your finger over the opening of the syringe.  Shake the syringe until the tablet is completely dissolved.


9. Give the dose to your child as directed. Do this as soon as it is dissolved.  



Call your child’s pharmacist, doctor, nurse, or clinic if you or your child have any concerns related to using this teaching sheet or have special health care needs not covered by this information.