I would like to know any/all of your tips and secrets about getting a pill down quick and painlessly. Preferably tastelessly, as well.
I have never had problems taking pills; medications or vitamins. They slide right down. If they are coated, I can swallow them with no water. If they are 'dry', I can get them down with just a bit of water, shaking the floating caplets at the top of the water in my mouth by bending over a bit so when I swallow, the pill goes first. With dry pills, I shake them to the back of my throat with my face pointed towards the ceiling and then swallowing quickly so the water chases them down. The dry/powdery little imodium caplets would dissolve quickly and I'd need to swallow fast so I wouldn't get that taste in my mouth. Usually I am successful, but if not, I'd just drink a bit more water to flush the taste out of my mouth. No biggie.
The problem I am having is with my Promethazine anti-nausea tablets. These babies taste terrible! Cut in halves or quarters are a bit worse because they begin to dissolve a little quicker and they really taste nasty and the flavor lingers.
Last night was the third time I've had this particular problem: I swallow, and the darn pill gets sort of stuck/lodged at an area of my throat that I cannot reach (like just an inch or so beyond where the gag reflex would be) and then stays there until they dissolve. I am coughing, massaging my throat, gagging, bending over and hacking and swallowing a waterfall of liquid and nothing helps! I then have a 'burned spot' that remains sore for a day or so. Very similar to a sore throat like when your glands are swollen, but just a little lower.
I found a diagram of the throat and it appears the pill is getting stuck around either the epiglotis folds, the very back of the tongue or just above the larynx.
Is there any trick I can use so I don't experience this again?
I swear, I am a step away from coating the pill in butter and using my cat's pill-gun tonight!
I am so frustrated, I am about ready to use the cat-pill-gun for myself and start giving myself the pills that way. I wonder if the scruff-hold will work or if I should wrap myself up in a blanket, burrito style, have the husband sit on me and when I open my mouth to yowl, he can shoot the pill down the hatch?!
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry......I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC. No remission. No improvement with Remicade. 5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon. Dx changed to Crohn's. Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returned after resuming 6MP. Changed maintenance med to Methotrexate (MTX) and had great results with IM injections. Nausea and symptoms returning with oral MTX. Switched back to IM injections and am slowly improving.