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OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Hollis [MA]) Apr 10, 2021 6:45 PM
       OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Allym [NJ]) Apr 10, 2021 8:20 PM
       OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Richard [MI]) Apr 10, 2021 8:55 PM
       OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Hollis [MA]) Apr 10, 2021 9:24 PM
       OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Lubi [NY]) Apr 10, 2021 11:37 PM
       OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Apr 11, 2021 12:16 AM
       OT:difficultswallowingpil (by hollis [MA]) Apr 11, 2021 7:45 AM
       OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Allym [NJ]) Apr 11, 2021 7:45 AM
       OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Hollis [MA]) Apr 11, 2021 9:13 AM
       OT:difficultswallowingpil (by WMH [NC]) Apr 11, 2021 9:17 AM
       OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Barbara [VA]) Apr 11, 2021 9:45 AM
       OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Hollis [MA]) Apr 11, 2021 9:51 AM
       OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Vee [OH]) Apr 11, 2021 3:35 PM
       OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Wilma [PA]) Apr 11, 2021 4:37 PM
       OT:difficultswallowingpil (by nate [NY]) Apr 12, 2021 7:31 AM
       OT:difficultswallowingpil (by WMH [NC]) Apr 12, 2021 7:59 AM

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OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Hollis [MA]) Posted on: Apr 10, 2021 6:45 PM

Being in the health care field I get this often. People have a hard time swallowing pills/ tablets

Maybe you do./ or have a family member that can't or doesn't do them because of this problem,

Here is a great way to change that. please follow all recommendation at least a few times. Then you can decide if all or some are important.

Get a can or small bottle of seltzer (not club soda .,bubbly water etc)

get a FAT straw (Often they have them at Duncan donuts)

put tablet (or later tablets if it works well for you) in your mouth,..roll it around just a little bit to get it wet,

then with the straw in the seltzer,..drink it up WITH YOUR HEAD TIPPED SLIGHTLY DOWN ,thats important ..as it open your throat ,..IT'S REALLY bad,...that I see people doing the opposite,..with their heads back,..even jerking their head back like its going to help,...it doesn't,...tipping ones head back is good for chickens to drink as it opens their throats ,..but it closes your throat enough to make it more difficult..

So Head slightly tipped DOWN,..a FAT straw, FRESH very active PLAIN eltzer,..and any pill/tablet goes all most magically down 98% of throats so well that some/most are amazed,

Even if a not a problem for you,..some people who take drugs and health supplements tend of not do it as often they should as would be good for them/you,,... avoid doing it.

I suggest you at least TRY IT ONE TIME as directed,..as I have seen people with serious health problem get very weak,..and what wasn't a problem,..is now a problem,..so weak that they can't or doesn't want to,..so perhaps you can remember it in the future,.

I've taught this to many nurses that say its so frustrating in a hospital trying to get a pt to swallow much need meds, ..and some of the say they now buy small bottles/cans of seltzer and get wide straws with their own money and take them to work,..which makes their lives much easier.

I know people that take many tablets (mostly supplements) at one time, as now its so easy to do so,..(if you do,..swallow a bit more as a chaser to get it down further in Your stomach,.to help it absorb,.. --66.30.xx.xxx

OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 10, 2021 8:20 PM

Thank you. I will try that. I take zinc and it's hard to get down. If I break it then it's jagged. Also Centrum silver is huge. I tend to mouth breath with a mask on and my throat get's dry and that's worse. My mother was put on hospice in 2005 because she could no longer swallow. I suppose they knew about this? --108.24.xx.xx

OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Apr 10, 2021 8:55 PM

Go down to the drug store and buy a morter and pestle. (That's a small stone bowl and a little stick with a bulb on the end) Put the pill in the little bowl and crush it into powder with the stick.

When the pill is reduced to powder, put that on something you normally eat, like a slice of pizza or soup or chili, etc. Eat that and you will have eaten the pill as powder. No pill to stick in your throat.

If you are not supposed to take the pill with food, put it in a glass of water and drink that. --24.180.xx.xx

OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Hollis [MA]) Posted on: Apr 10, 2021 9:24 PM

Yes,.Richard .that can work for some meds,..but with others that can be very bad,even very dangerous..as it can greatly increase the amount of drug absorbed too fast,.(more than intended by the manufacturer) and also not good for enterically coated drugs which are inactivated in the upper GI and made to release down further in the gut.

I wouldn't trust many Drs or nurses to know which,..maybe contacting the manufacturer of the drug for that information..

Try it as described,..I doubt you will need to buy the mortar and pestle.. --66.30.xx.xxx

OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Lubi [NY]) Posted on: Apr 10, 2021 11:37 PM

My kid was teaching his friend how to swallow a pill using a cooked elbow pasta.

Not sure how he got this idea, but it worked.

Thank you for the tip about tipping the head down. I was doing the opposite all my life! --74.90.xx.xx

OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Sorta Blonde [CA]) Posted on: Apr 11, 2021 12:16 AM

Crushing pills not a great idea as Hollis said. Easy way to swallow pills is take a spoonful of applesauce or yogurt, put the pill in the spoon and swallow. Works really well. --72.197.xx.xx

OT:difficultswallowingpil (by hollis [MA]) Posted on: Apr 11, 2021 7:45 AM

Yes some good tips,...BUT REALLY TRY IT ONCE AS DIRECTED in the first post here,..You will be surprised and may have a real impact to your health if you get hit by a bus tomorrow and you are too weak to swallow something that you need and there is no drip for,..or if it happens to a family member,..if you do it once,..you just may remember it if needed,

I think I have nearly a hundred nurses and at least 5 medical Drs that have found this very useful. Plus a number of alternative practitioner's for their pts that take supplements,

I urge you to try it as outlined ,..many do it even though they have little trouble swallowing tabs,..just because its easier (say early morning when your throat is a bit tight, easier equals more compliance. --66.30.xx.xxx

OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Apr 11, 2021 7:45 AM

Something I heard on various tv doctor programs. Taking a pill with grapefruit juice makes the intestine absorb the whole thing at once and can really hurt someone by overdosing. My guess would be the acid dissolves the coating on the pill meant to dissolve slowly. --108.24.xx.xx

OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Hollis [MA]) Posted on: Apr 11, 2021 9:13 AM

Actually its a different mechanizm,..but its true, you don't want to take certain drugs anywhere close to grapefruit/juice. --66.30.xx.xxx

OT:difficultswallowingpil (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Apr 11, 2021 9:17 AM

Just tried the head down method on a big horse pill. No straw and regular water. Still was much easier than the way I normally take them (head thrown back, big swallow.)

Thanks for the tip. You really don't know what you don't know! --50.82.xxx.xxx

OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Barbara [VA]) Posted on: Apr 11, 2021 9:45 AM

I am definitely going to try this. I don't take pills often yet. But my dad does and his health is deteriorating. This may come handy down the road.

Any cool tricks to try on cats? --174.251.xxx.xx

OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Hollis [MA]) Posted on: Apr 11, 2021 9:51 AM

WMH and Barbara,

PLEASE try the whole thing, the seltzer fat straw and head tilt,... and report back how you feel about it, It does work as a sympathy regular than a song,.. --66.30.xx.xxx

OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Apr 11, 2021 3:35 PM

I have not experienced pill blocking, I sometimes mix white wine with grapefruit soda and that goes down easily. I have also mixed the lime with the coconut but I am not sure what the effect is supposed to be yet. --76.188.xxx.xxx

OT:difficultswallowingpil (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Apr 11, 2021 4:37 PM

Wish I'd know this about 15 years ago - I had a sick preteen kid who couldn't swallow a pill that couldn't be crushed. We had to pay much more for a liquid version. The kid finally learned this trick as a teen when she was at a long-anticipated weekend retreat with many of her favorite friends and got a migraine. Since then, she can swallow just about anything. --96.245.xx.xx

OT:difficultswallowingpil (by nate [NY]) Posted on: Apr 12, 2021 7:31 AM

Wow! some of you are really missing the point from the original poster.. Its not what works for you now.Or that you have no problem swallowing pills. Its what you or a loved one may need in the future, read it again.

This does work and very well if you do all the recommended steps as suggested My wife thinks its a miracle for her.Last night she couldn't believe it worked so well.

As said do it a few times so that you remember it long term, even if you don't feel you need it now. --96.236.xxx.xx

OT:difficultswallowingpil (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Apr 12, 2021 7:59 AM

So this morning I tried it with a fat straw (no selzer around) and it worked very well. Just looked down and swallowed - couldn't even feel the horse pill go down. --50.82.xxx.xxx

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