Tips for Swallowing Medication
Last Edited: April 12th, 2012

Nearly one-half of all Americans take at least one prescription medication daily. That is a lot of pill popping. But for some individuals, swallowing medication can be quite difficult. In fact, the older the individual is, the more likely it is that they will experience some level of difficulty in taking their daily medication.

When it comes to taking medication, it is important to follow a few surefire tips for making swallowing medication easier.

  1. Always take your medication with water. It helps if you take one sip of water first to coat your throat and then take another sip in order to swallow your pill.
  2. If you are taking more than one medication at the same time, take one at a time, rather than taking two or three in one swallow. It may mean a bit more time to complete your medication routine, but the extra minute is worth it if you experience difficulty getting all of your medications down in one swallow.
  3. Ask your pharmacist if your medication comes in an easy-to-swallow tablet. Usually these kinds of pills are covered in a special coating that makes swallowing easier.
  4. Ask your pharmacist if your pills come in a liquid form and bypass swallowing medications altogether.
  5. Take a deep breath before you swallow your medication. Just this simple reaction may relax you and assist in the process of taking your medication.

Following these easy tips will help you maintain your compliance with your medication routine. If you continue to experience trouble swallowing your medication, contact your doctor or pharmacist to devise alternative solutions for your health.

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