Pills:Can you swallow them?

United States
July 1, 2008 5:52am CST
I was responding to a discussion and it got me thinking so I thought I would pose a question to all of my fellow mylotters,can you swallow a pill?If so,have you always been able to swallow a pill?If not,at what age did you find out you can not swallow a pill?Do whether or not you can swallow it depend on how big the pill is?Do you know anyone who is unable to swallow a pill?I am 23 years old and ever since I was little I never could swallow a pill ,no matter what my mom tried,she tried putting it in ice cream,and pudding,but I always threw it back up,because of my gag reflexes,so I have to take liquid antibiotics and liquid adult strength Tylenol,and to take my blood pressure medicene I have to crunch it up in my moms pill cruncher just so I can take it,which totally sucks,it has been a while since I last tried swallowing a pill, but I know my gag reflexes are as strong as ever,and I am still afraid I will throw it back up,does anyone have any advice or suggestions that would help me,and I would appreciate any responses I get on this discussion,and I would appreciate anyone who takes this discussion seriously, because to me this is a very serious matter.
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6 responses
• Malaysia
2 Jul 08
Hie Hellcowboy, sometimes I do find it difficult to swallow certain antibiotic pills especially those huge tablet ones. And if I am lucky, some are in suspension or liquid forms otherwise I would have to crush it to a powder form and mixed it in my beverage drink. It is not so bad if it's in a chocolate drink but do taste funny Another option, I normally mix the powdered pills with some sweet syrup and just swallow it followed by some fruit or sweet drink to get rid of the bitter taste. I think by believing that the pills would not taste that horrible, will certainly make the process easier when swallowing them. Cheers and best wishes.
• United States
2 Jul 08
I am sorry to hear that sometimes you have trouble swallowing pills,and yeah some come in liquid forms which is better,especially when it tastes good lol,and yeah if we pretend it tastes like candy or something it should make it easier to take medicine,thanks for responding,have a great day,good luck in your life,and Happy Posting.
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• Malaysia
2 Jul 08
You are welcome. lol..it is not so bad now and I hardly take them nowadays so don't really think much of it. Happy posting to you too
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• United States
2 Jul 08
I wish I never had to take pills either it would make life a whole lot easier if you ask me lol,have a great day,good luck in your life,and Happy Posting.
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• United States
2 Jul 08
I can, but I hate taking any and all pills. Seems like everytime I take one I feel sick no matter what kind it is. If it an uncoated tablet or soft liquid gel it is coming back up. I can't stomach those and the taste is horrible! It has to be hard capsule or coated then it wont be as bad and I can keep it down. If they are those horse pills forget about it, I'm not taking it! I never been really good taking pills ever since I was little. I try and stay away from pills in general!
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• United States
2 Jul 08
I know what you mean pills are nasty,and I am sorry that they make you feel sick,and I can understand not being good at taking pills,and I know what you mean,I like to stay away from medicine all together,thanks for responding,have a great day,good luck in your life, and Happy Posting my friend.
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@Foxfire1875 (2011)
2 Jul 08
I've never been good at taking pills and when I was a child my mum would have to buy disprin, which is the dissolvable aspirin or crush up the tablets. I'm still not great at it but unlike you I don't throw up I just get really uptight about it. I just hate the feeling of it sticking in my throat the most. Can you not get liquid versions of your meds as the whole point of tablets is that they are broken up and released in the stomach, which isn't happening if you have to crush them first.
• United States
2 Jul 08
I am sorry to hear that you have never been good at taking pills,and I can relate to having to get pills that dissolve or have to crush them up,and I am glad to hear that they do not make you throw up,my blood pressure medicine only comes in a pill,so I have to crush it up,thanks for responding my friend,have a great day,good luck in your life,and Happy Posting.
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@bbsr13 (4198)
• India
1 Jul 08
Hello,.... I swallow tablets daily for my blood pressure and i don't feel any problem while swallowing.even i never take help of water to swallow.of course medicine tablets gives bitter taste and bed smell but in course time we adjust everything.thanx.
• United States
2 Jul 08
That sucks that you have to swallow a tablet for your blood pressure,and I am glad you do not have any problem swallowing,and I know medicine likes to give off bad tastes and bad smells,but of course if it is medicine it can not taste good,thanks for responding, have a great day,good luck in your life,and Happy Posting.
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• Philippines
3 Jul 08
Well, yes I can swallow a pill. But I would really want it better if I do have a glass of water to flush down the pill. I can easily swallow some pills but not so much when it comes to others. There are pills that tastes really bad and those are the pills that I can't take unless I do have a glass of water. On the other hand, there are those that tastes good (almost like candy). These are the pills I can take without water.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
I am glad you can swallow a pill,and I am sure that it is easier flush it down with water,and I can understand that some are easier to swallow than others,and I am sure some pills taste really bad,and then there are those that taste really good,thanks for responding, have a great day,good luck in your life,and Happy Posting.
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@heero1103 (322)
• Philippines
3 Jul 08
I can swallow a pill, but I don't know when I've started to realize that I could. Maybe it was when I am really in a bad condition.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
I am glad you can swallow a pill,and I know its hard to tell when we can swallow one of not,unless we are sick or something,thanks for responding,have a great day,good luck in your life,and Happy Posting.
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