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Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Definition)

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


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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?

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?

Usually not serious: Most of the time there's no physical reason for this. Most of us do not chew our foods smaller than the pill but for whatever reason psychologically we have difficulty swallowing pills. Try m&m minis for practice and work your way up. ...Read more

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Is it safe to dissolve pills in water and then drink it if you have trouble swallowing pills?

Is it safe to dissolve pills in water and then drink it if you have trouble swallowing pills?

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

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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

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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?

Could I crush 800mg Ibuprofen? I have trouble swallowing pills and I was wondering if I could crush and drink it?

Ibuprofen : Many ibuprofen tablets are enteric-coated and cannot be crushed or chewed. You might consider taking four 200 mg tablets, which are smaller and may be able he swallowed more easily. It is usually a good idea to take ibuprofen with food as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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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)

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)

Depends: Those two are ok to crush, but some pills should not be (long-acting forms), so best to ask your pharmacist with new medicines if ok to crush. Those two also come as liquid, so could ask dr to write for liquid rx, and pediprofen/others over the counter forms of ibuprofen. ...Read more

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What to do if I have difficulty swallowing pills?

Techique: Place the pill on your tongue. Place a large bolus of water in your mouth. Pill is inside the water. Should be easily swallowed. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing difficulty swallowing pills?

I've been experiencing difficulty swallowing pills?

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

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Why would I have so much difficulty swallowing pills?

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

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Why do some people have so much difficulty swallowing pills?

Why do some people have so much difficulty swallowing pills?

Block: 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

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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?

Yes...same: 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

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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?

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

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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

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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 am having difficulty swallowing pills due to my EoE. Is there a good liquid allergy medicine for adults which does not cause drowsiness?

All of them.: Certainly benadryl (diphenhydramine) is available as a liquid over the counter. AND all the other allergy medicines if not already available as a liquid can be COMPOUNDED to be a liquid by the appropriate pharmacist ...Read more

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I recently had difficulty swallowing a Lexapro (escitalopram) pill. It then dissolved in my throat. Should I be worried?

I recently had difficulty swallowing a Lexapro (escitalopram) pill. It then dissolved in my throat. Should I be worried?

Any symptoms?: How recent? Any other symptoms-can't swallow, difficult breathing, wheezing? If so, call md now. If not, probably not a major issue. Call md. Always swallow meds sitting up, with lots of water. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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

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What can cause trouble swallowing?

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

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I started having trouble swallowing food help! Please?

I started having trouble swallowing food help! Please?

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

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Can you give me suggestions if I have trouble swallowing?

Dysphagia: 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

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Could I have trouble swallowing because I have gained weight?

Could I have trouble swallowing because I have gained weight?

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

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Can someone attempt to diagnosis what's causing my trouble swallowing?

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

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I have trouble swallowing, it feels like I will choke. Who should I see?

PCP/ENT/GI: You could start with your primary care provider. Alternatives could include an otolaryngologist (ENT) or gastroenterologist (gi). ...Read more

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I've been having trouble swallowing and eating for the past 2 days including today. What could be wrong?

Difficulty swallowin: Do you have pain in your throat? What can you eat or drink? Were does it hurt the most? Does food get stuck? Fever? ...Read more

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