There are several techniques to make swallowing a pill or capsule easier. Here are some methods:
- The Pop-Bottle Method: This is for swallowing tablets. Fill a plastic water or soda bottle with water, place the tablet on your tongue, and close your lips tightly around the bottle. Drink from the bottle by sucking the water in as though drinking from a straw. Keep your lips pursed around the bottle opening to prevent air from getting in. The tablet should be drawn into your throat and swallowed.
- The Lean-Forward Method: This is for swallowing capsules. Place the capsule on your tongue, take a sip of water but don’t swallow it yet. Tilt your chin towards your chest, keeping your lips on the cup, and then swallow while your head is bent forward.
- Using a Pill Swallowing Aid: There are over-the-counter products specifically designed to help swallow pills, such as pill glide sprays or swallowing cups.
- Putting the Pill in Soft Food: You can place the pill in a soft food like applesauce, yogurt, or a spoonful of peanut butter. Just be sure that the food doesn’t affect the pill’s effectiveness, and swallow the food and pill in one swallow without chewing.
- Practice Swallowing: Practice swallowing small pieces of food or candy that are about the same size as the pill you need to take. Start small and work your way up to the size of the pill.
- Drink Plenty of Water: Drinking a full glass of water before, during, and after taking the pill can make swallowing easier.
- Try a Thicker Drink: Some people find it easier to swallow pills with a thicker liquid, such as a smoothie or milkshake.
Please remember, don’t break, crush, or chew capsules without speaking to a healthcare professional, as it can interfere with the medication’s effectiveness or potentially cause harm.
For persistent problems, seek advice from a healthcare professional. They may be able to provide further guidance or suggest alternative forms of medication if available, such as liquids or dissolvable tablets.