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Drugs and Dysphagia -- Medications Affecting the Gastrointestinal System-
#3000_001 Drugs and Dysphagia -- Medications Affecting the Gastrointestinal System


7 Contact Hours

This online experience is designed as two separate courses. The first course deals with medications affecting the Central Nervous System. The second course deals with medications affecting the Gastrointestinal System. You may choose to take only one course, or you can take both courses – in any order you wish.

  • Purchase this item if you prefer to take Drugs and Dysphagia: Medications Affecting the Gastrointestinal System as a single course.
  • Purchase the Drugs And Dysphagia Curriculum if you prefer to purchase both at a discount.

The course material is at an introductory level intended for the following professionals: SLP, OT, PT, Clinical Dietitians, Nurses, Pharmacists, and Physician’s Assistants.

Both courses contain an identical beginning section reviewing ”Foundational” material consisting of Neuropharmacology, the swallowing process and an overview of the effects of medications on dysphagia. If you take both courses, you have the option of exempting out of the Foundations section the second time by skipping directly to the Midterm Exam. If you achieve an 80% passing score on the Midterm, you may continue with the rest of the course.

Following the beginning “Foundations” section, we move on to address medications that can cause dysfunction of the gastrointestinal system and those that are used to treat gastrointestinal dysfunction. This discussion includes medications that:

  • Affect appetite, taste or smell
  • Are used for treatment of pain
  • Cause acute and chronic gastrointestinal injury
  • Are used to treat gastromotility dysfunction

Also discussed are medication induced xerostomia and stomatitis. Each part of the course describes the mechanism of action of the medications, dosing and side effects, as well as related case studies.

Please note there is one required textbook that accompanies this course.

Availability: 365 days from registration, unless other agreement applies


The focus of this course is on providing access to precise information valuable in the evaluation and treatment of patients with gastrointestinal system dysfunction and dysphagia.


Upon completion of this course, the Learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the medications most frequently affecting the gastrointestinal system function
  • Discuss the medications associated with altered appetite, taste or smell
  • Discuss medication-induced xerostomia and stomatitis and their affect upon dysphagia
  • Identify medications affecting gastrointestinal motility and explain their effects upon eating and swallowing
  • Identify the major types of medications used for management of pain, and describe how they can impair the ability to eat and swallow



Dynamic Group is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This program is offered for 0.7 CEUs, Introductory to Intermediate Level, Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention, Outcomes. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This course is AOTA approved for .7 CEUs


This course is offered for 0.7 CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

In accordance with Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 4154, the California Board of Occupational Therapy has approved this course and instructor for post-professional education in the advanced practice area of swallowing assessment, evaluation and intervention.

This course is also approved by the:

  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for .7 CEUs.
  • Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology for 7 Content Hours


There is a required textbook that must be purchased on your own to supplement the course content: Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Can Affect Eating and Swallowing by Lynette Carl, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S. and Peter Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. The book is divided into parts, and the online courses are based on corresponding parts of the book. It is important that the student obtain the text, as examples and test questions will utilize readings from it.

Title: Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Can Affect Eating and Swallowing
Author: Lynette L. Carl and Peter R. Johnson
Publisher: pro-ed
Copyright: 2006
Edition: 1st
Pages: 333
ISBN: 0-89079-982-2
URL: http://www.proedinc.com/customer/ProductView.aspx?ID=3637

Course Authors and Instructors

Peter R. Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, received his undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Illinois University. He received his MS and PhD in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh. He also received an Executive Graduate Degree in Healthcare Financial Management from Ohio State University.

Dr. Johnson has worked in acute care hospital settings, home care, outpatient clinics and long-term care. He has written numerous articles on dysphagia management. Dr. Johnson served as a Column Editor for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Special Interest Division (ASHA SID 13) Dysphagia newsletter and for the ASHA SID 11 newsletter. He is on the Executive Board for the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. He is the recipient of the President's Award and the Outstanding Service Award. Dr. Johnson has participated in research projects on dysphagia treatment. He also serves as a consultant to several companies concerned with dysphagia. He has lectured at various hospitals and universities on the subject of dysphagia management.

Dr. Johnson is currently the Speech Mentor with Select Medical Rehabilitation Services. In this role he has conducted regional training programs, works with Regional Clinical Coordinators to develop clinical programs, serves as a consultant for program development in non-Select facilities and maintains the clinical hotline. Dr. Johnson is also affiliated with the University of South Florida and Nova Southeastern University.

Lynette L. Carl, PharmD, BCPS, is a consultant pharmacist and a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist.

Dr. Carl obtained her BS in Pharmacy from the University of Florida and her Doctorate in Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed a postdoctoral Residency in Infectious Disease at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Carl has practiced as a Consultant Pharmacist in hospital, psychiatric, home care and skilled nursing facilities. Her clinical practice experience includes infectious disease, critical care, nutrition support, geriatrics, internal medicine, anticoagulation, cardiology and pain management. She has established clinical pharmacy services that include anti-coagulation clinics, pharmacokinetic dosing services, nutrition support, monitoring services and education programs for patients and healthcare professionals in several hospitals and home care pharmacies.

She has served as clinical adjunct faculty, precepting BS and PharmD students from Mercer University, University of Florida, Nova University and Florida A&M University. She has lectured to pharmacists and other healthcare professions on topics of pharmacotherapy and also served on the speakers bureau of Glaxo Pharmaceuticals and Smith Kline Beecham Pharmaceuticals. She has conducted research and published articles in the area of antibiotic therapy use in infectious disease.

Author Disclosure

Lynette Carl, Pharm.D., B.C.P.S., Contracted Instructor/Writer, Dynamic Group (Dynamic Learning Online, Inc.)

Financial - Author for Drugs and Dysphagia: Medications Affecting the GS, receives royalty payments.

Non-financial - No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

Peter Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Contracted Instructor/Writer, Dynamic Group (Dynamic Learning Online, Inc.)

Financial - Author for Drugs and Dysphagia: Medications Affecting the GS, receives royalty payments.

Non-financial - No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

Teaching MethodS

Teaching Methods include:

  • Instructor-based lecture in text format
  • Informative articles that elaborate on text materials
  • Case studies with interactive questions and answers
  • Tables to be used in patient examples
  • Instructions for utilizing the book’s tables correctly
  • Web links
  • Pictures and Graphics
  • Glossary and References
  • Instructor/class e-mail
  • Midterm and Final Exams – 80% score required to pass. Learner must also participate a minimum of 80% of the CE awarded hours in the course material to be eligible to print the certificate of completion.

Several case study examples are provided, which give you the opportunity to learn how to utilize the text as a quick and easy reference source. This will help you more effectively and consistently reference the textbook when confronted with clinical questions in your healthcare settings. The examples should also provide you with real-life clinical situations that mimic problems confronted in your practice.

Please note there is one required textbook that accompanies this course.