Do You Have Trouble Swallowing Pills?

“My calcium supplement is too big to swallow. Can I open the capsule?” (Or crush it, or cut it in half?) These are common questions that we hear at the pharmacy.

The first thing I ask people is to show me how they are taking their pills. If you are tilting your head back and trying to swallow your vitamins or medications, then you are actually making it harder for yourself because you are narrowing your throat. Take your pills the same way you would eat any food. You don’t throw your head back after taking a bite of sandwich, do you? And make sure that you are chasing them with a large glass of water. Trust me, this will make it a lot easier.

Does the thought of swallowing a “horse pill” still make you gag? Well, there are some things that can be done to make it easier. Continue reading “Do You Have Trouble Swallowing Pills?”

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December 2011