Welcome to Healing Well! Glad you've joined us! It's a great place to get information and support before and after your surgery. Many people can take pills easily even right after surgery. Others crush pills, and use liquid versions until their wrap swelling decreases. Some people, like me, have trouble with very large pills even after complete recovery.
I can't take the large calcium tablets, or anything else that is really big, without it getting stuck. I find, if I need to take a rather large pill (capsules are better, because they're smooth) if I take a spoonful of flaxseed oil beforehand, it'll go down much better.
I take liquid calcium, and switched to a script for two smaller dose pills, rather than one large one. I switched from Allegra (a large-size antihistamine) to Xyzal, a tiny one.
I think I'm in the minority in having difficulty with large pills at my stage, but there are ways around everything. When I was still recovering, I'd carefully open capsules and put the contents into applesauce. If you don't chew it, you can even do that with time-release.
Good luck with your surgery!
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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