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Posted 9/15/16

You're supposed to throw your head back after you pop it in your mouth.
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Posted 9/16/16

Sir_jamesalot wrote:


Where did you learn a trick like that? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)


I spent quality time with that pizza peel you're so fond of. I defiled it.
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Posted 9/16/16 , edited 9/16/16
I had this problem when I was younger. I don't know what changed but, I think at the time my tonsils were a little too big(yet never removed them even with tonsil stones/little white things) and it may have made me gag. This is just my theory though but, it wouldn't hurt to check to see if your tonsils are larger than normal!


Now that I'm older I can swallow several giant pills(fish oil, multi-vitamins) at once. All I can say is that the more you concentrate on that there is a pill in your mouth, the harder it'll be to swallow it.
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Posted 9/16/16
I used to have trouble with pills when I was young. Then I had a time where I was ... I suppose you could say "medicated". A good long while of "this pill every 6 hours and that pill every 4 hours" and being completely out of it led to the ability and bad habit of taking pills without a drink. Heck, I'll be honest. I salivate at the thought of pills. It's a learned thing. If I hadn't gotten into the habit of it, I'm not sure how I'd survive my handful of AM meds and supplements and then handfull of PM meds.
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Posted 9/16/16
Yessss! Just thinking about taking one makes me gag! I have to sit there with the drink in one hand and pills in the other and prep for a good 2-5 minutes...all to sit there still gagging and get sick anyways. I think it's just a way of our body rejecting the stuff.
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Posted 9/16/16
I can do moderate sized pills now, but could only do those starting in my twenties. If my shoulders, neck, throat, jaw or tongue are too tense or I'm thinking about swallowing them too much I can't, but if I don't pay attention and I'm already relaxed, it's usually no problem.

Good luck!
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Posted 9/16/16
Ahaha and I thought I was the only one.

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Posted 9/16/16

Xxanthar wrote:


NyxUlric wrote:

Crush it.
If it's capsules, you can remove the lids and swallow the powder inside.
First world problem solved.


A lot of medicine has a coating to make it dissolve slowly, throughout the day. Crushing those pills are bad. Make sure pills are not this type before you crush them.


That's easily done. Ones without coating can be crushed. Anyone can seek advice for alternatives about the other types of pills from the pharmacist.
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Posted 9/16/16

StriderShinryu wrote:

Yeah, I'm totally in the same boat. I can't swallow medication at all. I have to crush it, mix it in liquid and then drink it. Thankfully I've never had to take medication more than very rarely.


Yeah same with myself but now that I have to take some medication regularly. At least there's someone on the same boat as me.


beautyinthebreakdown1988 wrote:

I have had that exact same problem. Yes, it is partially due to reflexes, but it could be the result of latent dislike/ fear. I highly recommend using yogurt. It is the best solution to taking medicine, plus the natural probiotic in yogurt aids the effectiveness of your medicine.


My father has always talked about it being a fear but I don't find myself feeling fearful. I literally just sit there trying my hardest to swallow a pill for a good amount of time without any fear so I don't know, I think it's more reflex. At the moment I just half it and eat it with custard lol.


Everfire95 wrote:

I have the same problem too. No matter how much liquid I drink with it or how much I throw my head back to try and get the pill to go further back, the pills just get stuck to my tongue and won't budge. So, I've just resigned to either chewing them or putting their contents onto a spoon and taking them that way.


YES! I have this problem exactly. The water just rushes past and the pill stays in my mouth. I'm glad there are others that share in this problem, I get laughed at when I say I literally can't for the life of me swallow pills.


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Posted 9/16/16 , edited 9/16/16

tkayt wrote:

That's easily done. Ones without coating can be crushed. Anyone can seek advice for alternatives about the other types of pills from the pharmacist.


Mostly you can find them liquidised but sometimes you have to call up the pharmacist and get them to make it for you which a lot of the time they're not willing, which I understand.
Posted 9/16/16
Yep I can not for the life of me especially if they are they are big. I can take the tiny and small ones but even then I can't take multiple small ones lol.
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Posted 9/16/16
Just don't think about taking them. When I was in my young teens..I used choke on them..even small pills. If i think about it too much my tongue pretty much blocks the pill from going down or my throat freezes up since I feel something.
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Posted 9/16/16
I always eat a cookie after taking a any pills to prevent them from getting stuck.
Posted 9/17/16
I'm terrible at taking pills. I have frequent headaches so I resort to painkillers all the time.
It's a joke trying to get those pills down.
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