Difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia) is common among all age groups, especially the elderly. Many patients with swallowing disorders can be treated with medication. Drugs that slow stomach acid production, muscle relaxants and antacids are a few of the many medicines available. Surgery is used to treat certain swallowing problems. If a narrowing exists, or a muscle is too tight, the area may need to be stretched or the muscle may need to be released surgically.