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

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 17
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
11377 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

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
879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@SapphireSun:  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
3683 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
10 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
2493 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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
1784 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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.

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