Many people have difficulty swallowing pills. It can be challenging to take medications when you have a dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, or fear of choking. It can also be challenging for young children who have never swallowed a tablet without chewing to comprehend the concept, let alone accomplish it.
This article may be helpful for you if you have trouble swallowing pills. We’ll discuss the physical and mental limitations that can make this a difficult task. As a bonus, we’ll provide a few pill-swallowing strategies that may help make it easier for you and your child.
Getting Over Your Fear of Swallowing Pills
As simple as swallowing may seem, it isn’t. Food, liquids, and pills move into your digestive tract due to nerves in your mouth, throat, and esophagus. While swallowing, you don’t usually have to think about your reflexes at work. However, when it comes to swallowing pills, you become acutely aware of everything that goes into it. As a result, swallowing becomes increasingly difficult.
The Best Ways To Swallow Pills
Drink water (lots of it!)
Taking a pill with water is probably the most common way to swallow it. It is possible to refine this method for maximum effectiveness by tweaking it slightly. Before swallowing the pill, drink a generous amount of water. Pretend you have already swallowed the pill. Getting rid of the pill carefully and gently drying it with a paper towel will prevent it from dissolving if you gag or feel like you can’t swallow it. Take some time before you try again.
Use a Pop Bottle
German researchers designed the pop bottle method to help people swallow dense tablets. This method does not work since capsules have air inside and weigh less than water. You’ll need full water bottles with narrow openings to swallow pills the “pop bottle” way. To begin, place the pill on your tongue and bring the water bottle to your mouth. Close your lips around the water bottle opening. As you swallow, use the narrow opening of the water bottle to force water down your throat. One small study found that this technique made it easier for nearly 60 percent of participants to swallow pills.
You can also use this technique to swallow pills. Take a medium-sized sip of water after placing the pill in your mouth, keeping your chin up and shoulders back. As you swallow, tilt your head forward quickly (but carefully).
The idea is for you to tilt your head forward as you swallow so that the pill moves back toward your throat. A small study observed that more than 88 percent of the participants could swallow better using this method.
Contact A Compounding Pharmacy
Getting familiarized with compounding pharmacies might save you from trying out all the strategies mentioned above. Because with compounding, there is no need to worry about swallowing pills. The compounding pharmacist can duplicate the same pill into a liquid form. By doing so, you can receive the same medications without any problems. You can also ask a compounding pharmacist to add flavours to your medication, especially if that particular medication is for children. It makes it easy for the patient to intake medication with extra fun and taste. The good news is that compounding medications are the same as pharmaceutical medications. They are according to your requirements, and you get to select what ingredient of the medication you want.
Even though swallowing pills can be challenging, taking prescribed medications according to the recommended dosage is imperative. You should find a way to swallow pills that works for you using the strategies listed above.
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