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Trouble Swallowing Pills? Try These 7 Tips

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Do you need help making the medicine go down? Try one or more of these tips to make pill swallowing easier:

  1. Before you take your pill, take a deep breath and exhale. This action may help you relax and inhibit your gag reflex.
  2. Drink some water before taking your pill to lubricate your mouth and throat to stop the pill from sticking.
  3. Place the pill as far back on your tongue as you can and take a sip of water.
  4. As you swallow, tilt your chin slightly toward your chest.
  5. Donít throw your head back when swallowing. This action stretches the esophagus and makes it harder to swallow.
  6. Try drinking from a flexible, plastic water bottle with a narrow opening. Close your lips tightly around the bottle, which sets up a sucking action. (You should feel the bottle collapsing in on itself.)
  7. Mix the pill with applesauce, Jell-O or peanut butter before swallowing.

Posted in Healthy Living on September 28, 2015


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