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How to take tablets and capsules correctly

Many people have difficulty swallowing tablets. A dry mouth, difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), and fear of choking can make it nearly impossible to take your prescribed medication.

Many people have difficulty swallowing tablets. Dry mouth, difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) and fear of choking can make it nearly impossible to take your prescribed medication.

And for young children who have never swallowed a pill before, the very idea of ​​swallowing a pill without chewing may be difficult to understand, let alone implement.

If you are one of the many who have difficulty swallowing pills, read on. We'll discuss the physical limitations as well as the mental aspects that can complicate this task.

In addition, we will suggest eight new pill strategies that can make it easier for you and your child.

Overcoming your fear of swallowing pills

Swallowing is not as easy as it sounds. Nerves help your mouth, throat, and esophagus work together to move food, liquids, and tablets into your digestive tract.

Most of the time, when you swallow, you don't need to think about reflexes in action. But when it comes to swallowing pills, you suddenly become too aware of everything that happens when you swallow. The more you think about it, the more difficult it gets.

Sense of the globe

When you feel stressed or anxious, you may experience something called the "ball sensation."

Globe sensation is a feeling of constriction in the throat, not related to an external physical condition, but from a feeling of fear or fear. You can feel this tightness in your throat right now just thinking about swallowing a pill.

The key to overcoming this particular fear is to learn not to focus on the act of swallowing. Easier said than done, but with time and practice it will also become easier.

Some of the strategies outlined in this article focus on how to distract yourself from something else while you swallow your pills.

Alternative Strategies

If you can't get over the idea of ​​swallowing a pill, try talking to your doctor. They may provide another form of medication, such as a liquid or tablet, that can be crushed into soft food.

Another option is to talk to a psychologist. They may have some serious mental exercise to help you swallow the pills.

Helping your child swallow a pill

Teaching your child to swallow pills can be difficult. Ideally, try teaching them this skill at a time when they don't need medication. This will release tension and learning will be easier if they don't feel bad.

Practice sprinkling

When your child is old enough to swallow small candy without risk of choking, you you can practice swallowing pills. For most children, age 4 is a good time to start.

Start by asking your child to sit directly in a chair. Then place a very small piece of candy (like a sprinkle) on their tongue.Give your child some water or use a straw. Tell them to swallow whatever is in their mouth in one gentle gulp.

You can simulate this method by doing it yourself once or twice in front of your child before asking him to try it.

Don't forget this is fun. Stick out your tongue with a spray, swallow, then stick out your tongue without the spray - like a magic trick!

Supplementary products

You can also experiment with products specially formulated to make it easier for your child to swallow pills

Pill swallow sprays, kid-friendly pill cups and medical straws can all make the process of swallowing pills more fun than scary medical moments. (We'll show you how to use these healthy foods below.)

You can also ask your child's pediatrician about crushing (crushing) tablets or halving a prescribed tablet. You may also ask if you can hide a crushed tablet in soft food.

Never crush tablets without first consulting your doctor.
Do not crush tablets or add them to food without your doctor's permission. Also, do not use this method for drugs that must be taken on an empty stomach.

The best ways to swallow pills

Here are eight pill-taking strategies you can try:

1 ... Drink water (a lot!)

Probably the most well-known method of swallowing a tablet is with water. You can improve this method for optimal success by modifying it slightly.

Try taking a large sip of water before putting the tablet in your mouth. Visualize yourself successfully swallowing a pill before attempting to swallow it.

If you vomit or feel like you cannot swallow, carefully remove the pill and dry it with a paper towel to keep it from dissolving. Give yourself a few minutes before trying again.

2. Use a drinking bottle.

The bursting bottle method was developed by German researchers to help people swallow hard tablets.

However, this method does not work with capsules, as they contain air and weigh less water .

To swallow pills “out of a bottle”, you need a full bottle of water with a narrow opening. Place the tablet on your tongue, then bring the water bottle to your mouth and close your lips around the opening.

Use the pressure from the narrow opening of the water bottle to force water down your throat as you swallow. This method made it easier for nearly 60 percent of people to swallow pills in one small study.

3. Lean forward

This method can also help you swallow pills.

Start by lifting your chin and bringing your shoulders back as you put the pill in your mouth, then take a sip of water.Tilt your head forward quickly (but carefully) while swallowing.

The idea is to move the pill back to your throat as you tilt your head forward and give you something else to focus on while swallowing time.

This method improved swallowing in over 88 percent of the participants in a small study.

4. Add a teaspoon of applesauce, pudding, or other soft food.

One way to make your brain swallow pills easier is to bury it in a spoonful of something you're used to swallowing.

Important the caveat here is that not all tablets should be taken with meals. Some tablets become ineffective when mixed with soft food.

If your doctor or pharmacist agrees, try placing the tablet on the tip of a teaspoon and covering it with a fruit puree or pudding of your choice.

5. Use a straw.

You can try swallowing the tablet with a straw. The reflex movement of fluid intake as you close the straw with your lips can distract you while you are taking your medication.

You can also try special straws to help you take your pills.

Search online a specialized medicine tube.

6. Cover with gel.

You can swallow tablets more easily by applying a lubricating gel.

In one study, 54 percent of participants who used this type of pill swallowing aid found that taking the tablets much easier.

These lubricants enhance the taste of your medicine. They also limit the discomfort some people experience as it travels down the esophagus into the stomach.

Buy a lubricant to cover the pills.

7. Spray on the lubricant.

Like lubricant, tablet swallowing sprays can help the tablets glide more easily down the throat. This is especially useful if you have health problems that make it difficult to swallow tablets, or if they are stuck in the esophagus in the past.

One study of young people and children found that sprays such as Pill Glide, had a significant impact on making pill-based drugs easier to swallow. Just open your mouth wide and apply the spray directly to the hole in your throat.

Buy a pill swallow spray here.

8. Try a pill swallow cup.

Many pharmacies have a pill swallow cup. These cups have a special top that extends to the back of the throat.

Swallowing pill cups have shown positive effects in some examples, but there are not many published clinical studies on how effective they are.

Cups for swallowing pills are not recommended for people with dysphagia as there is some risk.

Find a cup for pills.

Capsules or tablets?

Capsules are generally more difficult to swallow than tablets. This is because capsules are lighter than water.This means they float on top of whatever liquid you try to swallow with them.

If you find it difficult to swallow capsules, you can ask your doctor or pharmacist about an alternative to pills.

How to swallow a tablet without water?

There is a possibility that you will find yourself without water and need to swallow a tablet.

This is not recommended in most cases. Swallowing tablets without water may mean they last longer. It also increases the likelihood of the pill getting stuck in the esophagus.

Some medications can irritate the lining of the esophagus if they get stuck there or take too long to go down to the stomach.

But if it's in between passes dosing and taking a tablet without water, stick to your prescription schedule.

You can take a tablet without water, using excess of your own saliva to create your own tablet lubricant.

If you use this method , take the tablets one at a time. Tilt your head back or tilt your chin forward while swallowing.

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