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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?
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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possibly, if it was…
…large/oblong pill; however, it might have caught in the trachea (tube to the lungs) which usually triggers coughing spasms, or in the valleculae (grooves at base of tongue, in front of the epiglottis.
See illustration). If he is choking, try heimlich maneuver. Otherwise, try swallowing water to dissolve/move pill into the esophagus or try gargling with water to dislodge the pill/dissolve it.

In brief: Possibly, if it was…
…large/oblong pill; however, it might have caught in the trachea (tube to the lungs) which usually triggers coughing spasms, or in the valleculae (grooves at base of tongue, in front of the epiglottis.
See illustration). If he is choking, try heimlich maneuver. Otherwise, try swallowing water to dissolve/move pill into the esophagus or try gargling with water to dislodge the pill/dissolve it.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
If sensation of object stuck in throat persists or is choking, call 911 for ambulance transport to ER. If not as urgent, see FP or ENT doc to examine throat area.
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