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clouds z
09-24-2006, 07:32 PM
i find it hard to swallow some pils

anyone know some ways?

09-24-2006, 07:39 PM
hi Clouds z

i have been told that it is easiest when you have the liquid that you are using to swallow the pill with out of a straw rather than straight out of the glass.

that is how many parents get their young kids to take their supplements


clouds z
09-24-2006, 07:40 PM

clouds z
09-24-2006, 08:25 PM
thanks -i tried making mouth narrow and taking deep breath-seemed to work fast

09-24-2006, 09:29 PM
I've always had problems with the big pills, too, so here's what I do:

First I put the pill all the way on the back of my tongue. Then I tilt my head back at a forty-five degree angle, and take a REALLY big gulp of water to wash it down. It works for me. Most of the time I don't even feel the pill going down anymore.

09-24-2006, 11:39 PM
If the pill bottle doesn't say anything against crushing the pill, do so and add it into some pudding, yogurt, applesauce.... whatever. :)

09-25-2006, 02:43 AM
I have a bite of banana and chew it up BUT I don't swallow it until I've added the pill to my mouthful of banana and then I swallow it all together and I don't even notice the pill. (I also do this with chewing other food but banana works very well.)

09-25-2006, 08:00 AM
AND myself! Margerine! Coat the pill in it and w/liquid slosh it down.

On the other hand...I always ask for 'samples' first...that way I can SEE the thing. IF too big, I go, OH! NO, NO, NO! I do not, cannot DO big pills! - My result reaction is, well, projectile vomiting...Docs after that comment try to oblige.

Good luck! - j

09-26-2006, 05:13 PM
I use Jello. I make little cubes, stick the pill in there and swallow them whole. I also will use thick drinks, like smoothies and such. It keeps the pill from 'sticking' - I have issues with them sticking to my tongue then I gag :(

09-26-2006, 07:50 PM
What I do is have a normal drink of water.

Then fill my mouth full of a big gulp of water, stuff the pill in and swallow everything.

I've discovered that part of the reason that I have trouble swallowing any pill is because my mouth is too dry.


09-26-2006, 08:02 PM
I either hide it in a tablespoon of applesauce, or yogurt. :rolleyes:

09-27-2006, 12:57 AM
Good question! One thing for me is not to think about it, but drink water and swallow normally. HOWEVER, I do use a non-spill squeeze cap (from the baby department) on the top of my half pint water bottle by the bed, for taking night med without waking fully. I found that squeezing the bottle forces the pill down with the water without any effort!

Hope you find something that works for you. TC. JD

09-27-2006, 03:54 AM
Capsules and pills that floatdidn't get a mention. For those you tip your head forward so they float up to the back of your mouth.

clouds z
09-27-2006, 10:05 AM
make mouth narrow with water and pill inside take deep breath seems to work

10-03-2006, 06:30 PM
Just take a bolus of any food into your mouth and, after chewing it thoroughly, put the pills in your mouth and just swallow normally. Your throat doesn't know what's coming, just that you're swallowing normally as always. I can take all seven of my morning pills at one time; however, I leave the huge fish oil gel out and swallow that one with the next bite.


09-08-2007, 11:18 AM
I hate swallowing pills, especially large solid vitamins without the plastic coating. After seeing this thread I was inspired to try something out. I took a tsp of olive oil, and coated the pill in it, and then swallowed the olive oil, then drank the pill down with some water, it seems to have went down nice and smooth. I will definatly try out the jello method next time to compare :)

09-08-2007, 09:17 PM
I have Sjogren's Syndrome which translates into dry mouth, dry tongue, and dry throat. I ALWAYS take a drink of water, juice or something that I have plenty of....FIRST......, then take the pills with water. I also break the 12 pills/vitamins up into more than one mouth full. Am I full of water when I get thru? Yes, but the pills all go down and without sticking.:p


09-23-2007, 06:22 PM
Their is such a simple solution to this problem, just go to your local pharmacy and buy an inexpensive pill spitter! Its so easy to make your pills to the size that you can swallow them.:)


09-24-2007, 10:25 AM
Good solution for many things. :) Just make sure you don't split a pill that is not supposed to be split.