(Closed) Tips or tricks to swallowing tablets/pills? :(

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I find it easier to swallow pills if I take a huge mouthful of water first and the pill just gets more hidden and doesn’t bother me So much.  Also my dentist (who I freak out on during those X-rays where you have to put the thing in your cheek and bite down) says that pointing your toes will help with a gag reflex. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was never able to get pills down with water…  instead I always put them in my mouth about halfway in my mouth or at the edge of my tough and then quick gulp them.  It’s not the prettiest sight but it’s always worked for me!

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have the same problem! I found if I take a couple sips of water before the pill then leave a little in my mouth it helps. I usually take huge gulps of water as I swallow the pill so out doesn’t hit my throat going down… Thats what usually causes the gash reflex for me. If possible I take pills with something other than water, that helps a lot! Soda works best for me.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’ve always been fairly good at taking pills, but what we do in the hospital is give them with applesauce/pudding. Also, sometimes if you put the pill on your tongue, and then GULP water (or orange juice for iron pills — really helps with absorption!) and keep gulping until you know the pill is gonzo, that can help. When I use this method I can take 3+ pills at once.

You might also be able to get liquid iron supplements (although it tastes NASTY).

Post # 7
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Honey bee

Im horrible with pills. I usually have to chew up a bite of food, like a piece of banana, and throw the pill in before I swallow. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have trouble with that too sometimes and using a big gulp of milk I have found is very helpful. If you can’t seem to do liquids to get the pill down I’d try putting it in something a bit more gelatinous like yogurt or pudding and then give it a try swallowing. Also tends to mask the taste well if it starts to melt a bit in your mouth.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m pretty terrible at taking pills. Part of it is that I always tried with water. It turns out I have to just swallow them THEN drink the water if it feels like it’s getting stuck in my throat. I instinctively move food to the side of my mouth when I drink something, so I never swallow food and liquid at the same time. Same concept with the pills. Good luck to you!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not sure how most people take pills, but I tilt my head back as far as it’ll go, let it float and then swallow. I’m always terrible at taking pills too! I *HATE* getting sick and needing antibiotics because they’re always huge. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Also, as a nurse, I do NOT understand why pills are always so huge. You KNOW that 95% of it is filler, so why the eff do they make them so big?!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I drop mine in to the side of my mouth/tongue (so I don’t have to taste it) and then wash it right down with a big gulp of water (and then a few more to make sure it’s down). The pudding or apple sauce really helps, too.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you tip your head back when you try to swallow a pill, the pill floats to the front of the  roof of your mouth where it is harder to swallow.

Instead take a gulp of water, place the pill in your mouth, then bend your chin down a bit towards your chest. That way the pill floats up on top of the water at the back of your throat and you just swallow once and it’s gone.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

@julies1949:  that is how I take pills and it works for me! lol

 

@AussieSummer:  Are you a vegan or vegetarian? Are you doing a lot of exercise? Is it an absorption problem? Is it Crohn’s? If No to all of those then can you increase the amount of meat in your diet? Also stopping or reducing the intake of caffine and soft drinks can aid absorption. It is better to treat the underlying cause than to just take supplements to increase iron. There is a lot of information on the better health channel by the Australian Government. ubby and I are vegan & vegetarian so I have looked into it a lot and that website was full of useful information on how to maintain healthy iron levels through diet.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper

My aunt has an issue with several of her pills and her doctor recommended using a liquid with carbonation when taking the larger pills. She swears it helps.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@julies1949:  I always find that doing it that way makes me choke on it..but I’m also very weird. 😉

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