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Why is my throat in pain when I swallow a pill then lie down immediately?

Why is my throat in pain when I swallow a pill then lie down immediately?

Irritation: The pill may be stuck or sticking in the esophagus. Depending on the pill, it can be caustic and eroding the lining of the esophagus and can lead to a major and serious condition. Make sure to take pills with plenty of water and stay upright for 30-45 mins after (some meds even longer - ie fosamax) if persists or worsens - see your doctor. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Swallowed large pill (bactrim) & it feels like it went down wrong pipe/is stuck. I'm not coughing I am clearing my throat more. Should i be worried?

Swallowed large pill (bactrim) & it feels like it went down wrong pipe/is stuck. I'm not coughing I am clearing my throat more. Should i be worried?

No immediate concern: If it went down the wrong pipe, you would be coughing severely . You swallowed it , so it went into your esophagus. Drink plenty of fluids to wash it down. It should work its way down without a problem, as a pill is not very large. ...Read more

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Swallowed capsule this morning, pill went down sideways. Throat hurts since, could it still be stuck? Wouldnt it dissolve by now? Should be concerned?

Swallowed capsule this morning, pill went down sideways. Throat hurts since, could it still be stuck? Wouldnt it dissolve by now? Should be concerned?

Highly unlikely: that it is still stuck there. It most likely irritated the area when you swallowed it. If you develop any breathing problem or voice loss, it could have gone down the trachea. If pain persists beyond one day or if you develop breathing or voice problem, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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My husband swallowed a pill and he says it's stock in his throat, what can we do to get it to go down? Is it the same tube where food & water go down?

My husband swallowed a pill and he says it's stock in his throat, what can we do to get it to go down? Is it the same tube where food & water go down?

Same tube, drink!: If he swallowed the pill and it got stuck part- way down, then it is probably in his esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). Pills and food can get stuck if your insides are dry, or if there is a "stricture" (narrowing) in the tube. Drink lots of water to try to get it to go down. If he gets a burning feeling or acidy taste backing up from the pill, baking soda in warm water can help. ...Read more

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Felt a pill go down the wrong pipe (the sensation was on the right side of my throat while trying to swallow, however), worried it might be lodged in?

Felt a pill go down the wrong pipe (the sensation was on the right side of my throat while trying to swallow, however), worried it might be lodged in?

Will dissolve: Even if a pill was lodged in the pharynx, it would soon dissolve and not cause any problems. I doubt it went down "the wrong pipe" meaning the airway, you would have had considerable coughing. ...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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I have a growth in my throat go down esophagus for 4 years I am always sick and its hard to swallow and take pills I do not have tonsils what is it?

I have a growth in my throat go down esophagus for 4 years I am always sick and its hard to swallow and take pills I do not have tonsils what is it?

Growth: Hello, I have to say that it is hard to imagine what type of growth may cause your symptoms without a careful examination and endoscopy. I would recommend you see your ENT doctor for a complete evaluation and possibly imagery. ...Read more

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Why is it every time I swallow a pill, it felt like the pill is still stuck in my throat? I can still breath and speak but it worries me.

Why is it every time I swallow a pill, it felt like the pill is still stuck in my throat? I can still breath and speak but it worries me.

It also depends on: the size of the pill. If you take several large pills together you can have this sensation even if you have a normal esophagus though a stricture (narrowing) could do this as well especially if you have underlying GERD (reflux) which can predispose you to this. If food sticks in your throat/chest you definitely need further evaluation. ...Read more

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Why when i swallow any size pill it feels like it gets stuck in my throat? I have to take my meds what can I do?

Why when i swallow any size pill it feels like it gets stuck in my throat? I have to take my meds what can I do?

Crush them: Many pills can be crushed. You then mix them with something pleasant like applesauce or pudding. Usually, it says on the bottle if they are ok to crush or not, but if there's any doubt ask your doctor or pharmacist! enjoy! ...Read more