Frequently Asked Questions
What is Gloup Zero?
Gloup Zero 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 Gloup Zero. Gloup Zero is a Class 1 medical device.
What is Gloup Original?
Gloup 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 Gloup Original. Gloup Original is a Class 1 medical device.
What is Gloup Forte?
Gloup 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 Gloup 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 Gloup Zero
All packages have a red Gloup Zero logo. Te Gloup Zero 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 Zero flacon is a plastic 500ml bottle 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.gloup.eu is marked, for more information about Gloup Zero.
Distinguishing features of Gloup Original
All packages have a red Gloup Original logo. Te 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 flacon is a plastic 500ml bottle 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.gloup.eu is marked, for more information about Gloup Original.
The swallowing gel has to be clear, with a slightly red colour.
What does Gloup Forte look like?
Gloup Forte should be transparent. Gloup Forte is a thick unifrom gel without any lumps or pieces.
Composition Gloup Zero
The swallowing gel contains 100% natural ingredients, such as water, carrageenan, maltodextrin, potassium sorbate, calcium chloride, citric acid, a natural colorant and flavouring, with tte excipient Xylitol.
Composition Gloup 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 Gloup Zero/Original?
According to speech therapists, the best swallowing result will be obtained with chilled Gloup Zero/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 Gloup Zero/Original will be enough. Then put it all in your mouth and swallow everything in one go.
How does Gloup Zero/Original work?
Gloup Zero/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 Zero/Original moistens the mucous membranes in the mouth and throat cavity;
3. The fresh fruit flavour of Gloup Zero/Original eliminat the unpleasant taste of medication.
How does Gloup Forte work?
Gloup Forte is a slippery gel with a nice vanilla flavour. Gloup 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 tte stomach
Who can use Gloup Zero?
Gloup Zero can be used by anyone who struggles to swallow pills and capsules, but can swallow independently. Gloup Zero is suitable for anyone over the age of 2. Gloup Zero contains solely natural ingredients and does not contain gluten, allergens and gelatin and is sugar free.
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 gelatin.
Who can use Gloup Forte?
Gloup 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 Gloup Zero/Original for swallowing your medicines?
For swallowing, it is not necessary to drink water if you are using Gloup Zero/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 Gloup Forte?
If the patients does not have dysphagia, a glass of water can be taken after the intake of medication with Gloup 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 Gloup Forte can have a serious impact on efficacy of tte medication.
Can you take several types of medication together with Gloup Zero/Original?
Gloup Zero/Original can be used with several types of medication at the same time. An exception to this rule applies to medicines that can affect te effectiveness of another 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 Gloup Zero/Original with you.
Can you take multiple tablets at once with Gloup Forte?
With Gloup 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 Gloup Forte with you to show.
Does Gloup Zero/Original interact with your medication?
Gloup Zero/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 Zero/Original could impact upon the effectiveness of your medication.
Does Gloup Forte interact with medication?
Gloup 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 Gloup Forte have an influence on the efficacy of any medication.
Do you need to open your capsules before taking with Gloup Zero/Original?
No! Capsules can be swallowed smooth and simple with Gloup Zero/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 Gloup Forte?
No. Capsules can be easily taken with Gloup 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 Gloup Zero/Original?
No! Tablets can be swallowed smooth and simple with Gloup Zero/Original. Therefore, tablet crushing or pulverising is not necessary. It is never advisable to crush medicines 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.
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 Gloup 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 Gloup Forte. Always check with your pharmacists whether the pills or tablets are allowed to be crushed.
When is it better not to use Gloup Zero/Original?
Gloup Zero/Original has not been developed specifically for patients with a disturbed swallowing reflex. Gloup Zero/Original is not a solution for patients who choke on solid substances. Gloup Zero/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/Gloup Original, you are advised to consult your doctor or pharmacist before using. In this event, take your tube or flacon of Gloup/Gloup 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 Gloup Forte?
Gloup Forte is not specifically designed for patients with illness to the anatomy required for swallowing. Gloup Forte is also not a solution for patients who get aspiration from the intake of solid substances. Gloup Forte is not intended for the intake of liquid medication or in dispersible form.
If you are hypersensitive to any of the ingredients of Gloup Forte, always check with your pharmacist or GP before taking. Always bring your bottle of Gloup Forte with you in this case.
In case of Diabetes: check with your doctor if you can use Gloup Forte, as the product contains 10% plain sugar.
Can Gloup 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 Gloup Forte could be a potential solution in your case. They can advise you on Gloup Forte and see whether you can use Gloup Forte (IDDSI Level 4. Extremely thick) safely. If Gloup Forte is to viscous/ thick, there are other types available like Gloup Original (IDDSI Level 3/ moderately thick). There is a type of Gloup for every patient.
What are the instructions for use in case of severe dysphagia?
In case of severe dysphagia;
- Always keep Gloup Forte in the fridge. The low temperature has a positive effect on the consistency/ thickness of the product.
- Pour Gloup 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 Gloup Forte.
Does Gloup contain sugar?
Gloup contains the sweetener aspartame; no sugar was added.
Does Gloup Original contain sugar?
Gloup Original contains 10% of sucrose as sweetening agent.
Is Gloup Zero/Original suitable for a gluten-free diet?
Gloup Zero/Original is free from gluten.
Does Gloup Zero/Original contain allergens?
Gloup Zero/Original is free from allergens.
Does Gloup Zero/Original contain gelatine?
Gloup Zero/Original is free from gelatine.
Can you take nutritional supplements and/or vitamins with Gloup Zero/Original?
Gloup Zero/Original is a universal swallowing gel that is also suitable for swallowing nutritional supplements and vitamins.
Using Gloup Zero/Original during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
There is insufficient data available to establish the safety of Gloup Zero/Original during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Gloup Zero/Original and driving
As far as is known, te ingredients in Gloup Zero/Original do not have any impact on your ability to drive.
How much Gloup/Gloup Original can you take in one go?
Usually 5ml (half a tablespoon) of Gloup Zero/Original is enough each time. With this quantity of swallowing gel swallowing your medicines goes smooth and simple. A larger quantity of Gloup Zero/Original can be used with larger quantities of medicines. The medication can also be taken with Gloup Zero/Original in several doses.
What is the maximum intake of Gloup Forte?
Usually it is enough to use 5 ml per intake of Gloup Forte. With this amount of swallowing gel, the intake of the medication will be much easier. If needed the amount of Gloup Forte can be increased. The medication can also be taken in multiple intakes with Gloup 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 Gloup Zero/Original?
You can use Gloup Zero/Original every time you take your medicines. A maximum of 3 doses per day is recommended for children under six years of age. Consult your pharmacist before using Gloup Zero/Original in higher doses.
Warnings and precautions
Gloup 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 with you.
Gloup 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 Gloup Forte with you.
How should Gloup Zero/Original be stored?
Gloup Zero/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 Gloup Zero/Original in the refrigerator, because a chilled swallowing gel improves tte swallowing reflex.
How to store Gloup Forte?
Keep Gloup 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 Gloup Zerp/Original be kept?
The expiry date is printed on the tube and the bottle. On the tube or bottle has been opened, Gloup Zero/Original can be used for two months. Unused Gloup Zero/Original can be disposed of with your ordinary household waste after the use-by date.
How long can Gloup Forte be kept/stored?
On the bottle is an expiry date. You can use Gloup Forte until that date.
After opening the bottle of Gloup Forte can be used for 2 months.
Unused Gloup Forte can be disposed with your normal waste.
Internal testing indicates this product is suitable for the requirements of IDDSI Level 4 - Extremely thick
Internal testing indicates this product is suitable for the requirements of IDDSI Level 3 - Moderately thick