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Some people have a hard time swallowing medicines. Large pills or capsules can get stuck in your throat, especially if your mouth is dry. Sometimes stuck pills can lead to heartburn and other problems. Here are some tips to help make swallowing easier.
Some pills or capsules can be crushed or taken apart to make swallowing easier. Check with your pharmacist to find out if it's okay to do this with your medicine.
Some medicines may be taken with food, which can help you swallow the medicine more easily. Be sure to follow the directions included with the medicine on the best way to take it.
If you're still having problems, talk with your doctor or pharmacist to get some other ideas. There may be a liquid medicine you can use. Or your medicine may come in a smaller pill that you can try.
Current as of:
September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineTheresa O'Young PharmD - Clinical Pharmacy
Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Theresa O'Young PharmD - Clinical Pharmacy
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