For some of us, it is not easy to swallow a tablet or capsule. It can be a bad experience and sometimes determine if we want to take the medicine or not.

A bad experience

Growing up in malaria infested areas, I hated swallowing the medicine called Chloroquine. Boy, was it bitter. When my parents gave it to me, I would sit near the side of a couch. Boy drinking medicineWith a glass of water in one hand and two tablets in another, I would pretend to put the tablets in my mouth, take a gulp of water and quickly drop my hand to the side of the couch dropping the pills underneath. Just thinking about the bitter pills sure made me feel better.

So when I became a Pharmacist, I decided to do some research and come up with the best way to swallow a pill and not feel it no matter how big or small, bitter or sour, chalky or yucky. This is what I came up with.

How to swallow a tablet

The good thing is that this approach applies to any phobia you may have about swallowing pills. Maybe you are trying to swallow a very big tablet like Mucinex DM Double Strength or any bitter tasting pills, let’s take a look at the best way to swallow this pill.

Illustration of steps for swallowing pills

Animation of lady swallowing pill



The advantage of using this method include:

  • You can swallow any size of pill no matter how big.
  • You don’t taste the pill as it does not come in contact with the taste buds.
  • No feeling of something lodged in your throat.
  • You won’t feel like throwing up.
  • No after taste because the pill comes in contact with the water/liquid at the back of the throat.
  • Effortless method of swallowing pills

Go ahead. Give it a try. You may need a little practice. The good news is that once you get it, you are set for life.

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