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jazzi

730d

i’m horrible at swallowing pills. i gag at every single one. does anyone else have this problem? how do i make it easier?

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    • Deathfuffy

      711d

      I can't take pills with water or liquid. I take a bite of food chew it up and then put in the med and swallow. My brain thinks it's just food and not a pill. Works for my young daughter too.

    • Nicholas_Ice

      711d

      (It sounds like it wouldn’t work) but put your chin down towards your neck while swallowing and it should shoot the pill down easily

    • Clarkie

      711d

      Applesauce... It's regularly used in care facilities to help older folks swallow pills. I have always had difficulty swallowing pills. I keep applesauce handy. Then water.

    • Deathfuffy

      711d

      I can't take pills with water or liquid. I take a bite of food chew it up and then put in the med and swallow. My brain thinks it's just food and not a pill. Works for my young daughter too.

    • Bumbling_Bee

      711d

      I have this same issue, I usually try to take mine with a thicker liquid like milk. I usually can't take mine with water anymore because I can feel it but for some reason if I take it with something thicker like whole milk or one of those store bought smoothies it's a lot easier

    • KitKat1450

      726d

      Drink sip of water first- helps the pill not get stuck. Also depending on the type- tilt your head. Capsules float and tablets sink. So don’t try to take both at the same time. Sitting straight up or standing makes it much easier. Capsule- water the put the capsule in mouth then tilt head down and swallow. Tablet- water in, pill in tilt head back and swallow.

    • Jellibean_Lover

      726d

      Leave it in a spoonful of yogurt or applesauce for 10 minutes or so. The pill will dissolve and you’ll be left with a spoonful that’s as easy to swallow as a snack

    • necie

      726d

      I had this problem...remove as much air as possible or put the pull in your mouth and drink like it's not there...it's hard to interpret but u can get it with enough practice

    • jasperlavender

      730d

      My boyfriend struggles with this and when he had to take these huge antibiotics he had to either take them with Gatorade or applesauce. But it also took us a while to figure out what worked, so feel free to experiment. Whatever works works so no matter how weird it might be, as long as it gets the pill down go for it!

    • MummaD11

      730d

      Try making a first with your left hand with your thumb tucked inside and squeeze when you try to swallow pills.

    • csk

      730d

      I take a HUGE gulp of water with the pill floating in there, like practically fill my whole mouth with it, and just swallow quickly so I can’t feel it as much!

    • DD44

      730d

      Yes same issue, i always seem to be fine if I drink a carbonated drink instead of water. Also for me anxiety about swallowing makes it worse so a little pep talking before and while you take the med does help

    • Momma6

      730d

      I have the same issue. Depending on the pill size or if it is a capsule I let the capsules dissolve a little in my mouth. As for regular pills I will cut them in half or crush them and put them in yogurt or applesauce. It’s hard when you have anxiety about the pills not going down because then it is even harder because you tense up. Just try to be calm because it is helpful.

☝ This content is generated by our users and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision

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