When you have difficulty swallowing your medications, what do you do to make it easier?

When you have difficulty swallowing your medications, what do you do to make it easier?

A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

For those who have trouble swallowing pills, ask your doctor because there are some medications that are available as a liquid or syrup or elixer. For those taking the big potassium pills (if you're not diabetic) you can dissolve it in a small glass of orange juice. Also, taking a sip of water before you take any pill will "wet your whistle" and the pills will slide down easier when taken with the rest of the water. Really important if you have a dry mouth normally. If pills are specially coated to not dissolve in your stomach (enteric coated), then don't take the medication with anything acidic. I am lucky and can swallow many pills at one time without difficulty.

posted over 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

I always had trouble taking pills, having to take a sip of water, slip a pill in my mouth, then take another sip to hopefully wash it down. When I was in the hospital in early 2014, I learned to take my pills with apple sauce. Easy peasy! The pills I take in the morning (Lasix and thyroid) need to be taking on empty stomach before anything else.

posted about 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

I feel like I rattle bit they keep me alive so no contest lol

posted about 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

I try to drink juice with it. That way if it gets caught in my throat it does not taste so bad.

posted over 2 years ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

I have one large one that is hard to swallow. I put it in my mouth with a bit of water. When it is partly dissolved, I take more water and swallow it. It's a potassium tablet and dissolves very quickly.

posted over 2 years ago
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