Post # 17
I had huge problems learning to swallow tablets too, and I have a really super sensitive gag reflex.
Don’t laugh now, but I learned to do it by practicing with bread. Yeah. It’s soft and easier to swallow when practising, so just try it.
I started off with the teeniest piece of bread ever, and took huge mouthfuls of water to try and wash it down. The speck of bread was so tiny that I found the trick was tilting my head back and swalling the water as if my fake bread-tablet wasn’t there at all. I then used slightly larger bits of bread until I was up to the size of my tablets.
Good luck xxx
Post # 18
I put loads of water in my mouth first & pop the pill in then swallow. Its works alot better this way for me.
Post # 19
pointing your toes? That’s so interesting, will have to try that!
I always drink some water first to wet my mouth. Put the pill in and take a huge gulp of water! Don’t think about trying to swallow the pill, I find that just makes things worse as I get all nervous.
Post # 20
I have to take pills with soda instead of water. The carbonation distracts me enough that I can get the pill down. With water, I only swallow the water, and the pill stays in my mouth.
I put the pill under my tongue, then take a big swig of Diet Coke.
Post # 21
Okay, I am re-viving this because I’m feeling really embaressed/desparate. I am trying to learn to swallow a daily pill…. its really really tiny. I’ve successfully taken one for the last 5 days, once without water, twice on the first attempt with water, but I’ve gone through about 66 in total – ruinining most of them by trying to many times causing them to nearly split in half. I haven’t managed to swallow one yet today.
I was hoping that once I did it a few times it would just be automatic. I feel like a crazy person.
Post # 22
I always put the pills on the very very back of my tongue and chug some water so it doesn’t get stuck and I don’t have to taste it. Goes right down as opposed to just putting it in the middle of your tongue or swallowing dry
Post # 23
For our elderly patients who have trouble swallowing we recommend taking the pills with applesauce or something similar. I just put some water in my mouth, throw the pills in and swallow! My mom can’t put water in her mouth first… it all depends on the person.
Post # 24
Put it in a teaspoon of jam or applesauce or some other easy to swallow thing. Thats how I started and then I slowly reduced the amount of carrier food until I could handle the pill.