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Trouble Swallowing Pill
Is it ok to crush my amoxicillin 500 mg oval white tablets and put it in yogurt? Having trouble swallowing pills.
Difficulty swallowing is complex. One could have decreased saliva which will make the food thick and viscous and harder to swallow. Food or liquids may be difficult to swallow and feel like they are getting "stuck" in the throat. One may also "choke" on liquids or foods during the swallow, before , or after the swallow depending on the problem ...Read more
I am 20. Female. I have trouble swallowing pills. Any size. Even when taken with a full glass of water, it feels stuck. What could be wrong?
Caution dissolving: Ask your doctor if your medication comes in a liquid or concentrate form. Some long-acting medications are not effective if broken or dissolved. Check before you liquefy. Some pills can be crumbled and taken with apple sauce, pudding or ice cream. Maybe you can swallow that. Ask your doctor or a pharmacist for advice. ...Read more
If you take Prozac (fluoxetine) (the Capsules) can you open it if you have trouble swallowing pills?
Yes, will be ok: Taking it with or without capsule does not change how much drug end up in your body or how long the drug will work. ...Read more
I have trouble swallowing pills. I was wondering if I can open the capsule and pour the powder on water and drink it. It's an allergy relief pill.?
Ask U pharmacist: In some caps u may do that, u can ask the pharmacist if u can do it wu medication. ...Read more
however, it may be just as easy to swallow them in applesauce they are very small pills!
Hoep this helps!
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Could I crush 800mg Ibuprofen? I have trouble swallowing pills and I was wondering if I could crush and drink it?
How large are Accutane capsules? I have trouble swallowing large pills and was wondering if I could ask for dosage in increments of 10mg capsules?
I had trouble swallowing my pills. What should I do? Can I crush them?(taking sulfameth/trimeth 800-160mg twice a day and occasional ibuprofen 600mg)
Swallowing pills: If your difficulty only involves swallowing pills and you cannot mentally overcome the challenge, consider chewable or liquid forms of the same medications. If you have other swallowing issues, see your physician for an evaluation. Some individuals place the pills in foods such as peanut butter, applesauce, etc. In order to facilitate swallowing them. ...Read more
Gag reflex: Lots of people have a difficult time swallowing pills, so you are not alone. When you eat food, you just swallow, not thinking about it. The act of swallowing a pill, or a non-food entity, brings out your gag reflex. With practice, you should be able to get it down. Practice with m&ms — it worked for my kids! ...Read more
For most of us, it's 99.99% mental. Unfortunately, i'm one of those people and it's irritating since I have to take a total of 7 pills daily at 3 different times of the day. To get me through, I sometimes hide the pills in gelatin dessert or applesauce.
For folks who've had radiation of surgery in the neck, however, it can me more serious and they should check in with their primary care doctor. ...Read more
Which is more effective: metformin tablets or riomet oral solution? I'm having difficulty swallowing the pills. Does riomet work as well as the pills?
They are the same med... Same as children liquid Motrin and adult tablet. Riomet is made for those having trouble with swallowing pills like you. They work/do same job. Often, liquid med may work faster or even better. In this case, they have similar effecacy/effectiveness. If you can't swallow the pills, then the pills don't work for you at all.
Consult your doc.
Good luck. ...Read more
Been having trouble swallowing randomly but no pain and not sick. Like pills and almost choked on food. Should I see an ENT or different specialist?
Otolaryngologist: I would recommend a thorough evaluation by an otolaryngologist first. Laryngoscopy and pharyngoscopy will likely be done at the first visit or soon thereafter. You may then be referred for swallowing studies such as an MBS and/or esophagram. ...Read more
My mom has difficulty swallowing pradaxa. Often times the pill is half chewed before we get it down. Is this dangerous?
Need more info: This is a serious drug that interferes with coagulation. I feel it is very important that she talk over this problem with the physician who prescribed it. I also don't think it is wise to chew the tablet. ...Read more
I am having difficulty swallowing pills due to my EoE. Is there a good liquid allergy medicine for adults which does not cause drowsiness?
I recently had difficulty swallowing a Lexapro (escitalopram) pill. It then dissolved in my throat. Should I be worried?
Difficulty swallowing pills they get stuck in throat need to get food after swallow them to get them down what could be cause? I have hypo thyroid.
Dysphagia: Dysphagia is distinguished as "transfer dysphagia" (problem moving food from mouth to top of esophagus) versus "transit dysphagia" (problem getting food down esophagus ; into stomach). Motility disorders, strictures, ulceration (pill-associated, viral), tumors, eosinophilic esophagitis, spasms, etc must all be ruled out. ...Read more
I was recently diagnosed with Graves Disease and have a small 0.6 cm thyroid cyst. Can all of this cause difficulty swallowing especially pills?
Lately I seem to have difficulty swallowing larger pills (like fish oil). It feels like it gets stuck in my throat and drinking more water won't help.
Dysphagia: Dysphagia is distinguished as "transfer dysphagia" (problem moving food from mouth to top of esophagus) versus "transit dysphagia" (problem getting food down esophagus & into stomach). Motility disorders, strictures, ulceration (pill-associated, viral), tumors, etc must all be ruled out. ...Read more
Taking metoprolol succinate er have trouble swallowing pillls. Doctor and pharmacist said it was ok to dissolve some in mouth. Is it ok? Blood t norma
SHOULD BE: SWALLOWED WHOLE IT IS ER- EXTENDED RELEASE- WILL SLOWLY GET ABSORBED. ...Read more
A million and one : A million and one reasons, my friend, from physical obstruction to functional problems in the swallowing mechanism. If this is about you, I suggest you visit your doc who will evaluate you and hopefully fix the problem. ...Read more
Seek an evaluation : There are many causes for a person to have issues swallowing and without more information it's difficult to better guide you. This is something that you don't want to ignore because it could really become a serious problem. So review this with your doctor sooner rather than later. You could consider a formal consultation on HealthTap, but this still may very well lead you back to your doctor. ...Read more
Depends on the cause, whether muscles or nerves that help move food down through the esophagus are affected, or there is something blocking these passages. Examples of the first are Stroke or Parkinson disease or MS or esophageal spasms. Examples of the second are GERD or Esophageal mass or pressure on esophagus by vertebral bones.
Avoid dry mouth. Your doctor can help you change your diet, exerci ...Read more
Not likely: Difficulty swallowing along with weight gain seems coincidental. The only mechanism I can think of that would cause this would be worsening of underlying reflux caused by increased intra-abdominal pressure from a larger belly (reflux may be worse in overweight individuals, and reflux may cause swallowing difficulty). ...Read more
Can't swallow: You should consult a GI doctor who can take a history, examine you and perhaps do some tests like a barium swallow, endoscopy, etc. There are many causes for this symptom and some can be very serious and others can be benign such as anxiety when eating in front of others. ...Read more
PCP/ENT/GI: You could start with your primary care provider. Alternatives could include an otolaryngologist (ENT) or gastroenterologist (gi). ...Read more