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02 September 2011 @ 08:05 pm
Yes, I love my dentist, but I have got one hell of a persistent infection in my jaw. I'm down for a root filling mid-October - the soonest they could fit me in. In the meantime, I've just completed a week of antibiotics. One day after, and I'm in the dentist's waiting room, virtually crying to the receptionist for another prescription. She was so kind - said that it's perfectly normal that the first course doesn't clear the infection.

So I've got a week's more antibiotics to take. Big capsules. I'm dreadful at swallowing pills like that. Anybody got any tips for me?

I still love my dentist.

Current Mood: distresseddistressed
autumneautumnesquirrel on September 2nd, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
Pill swallowing tips:

1) Tip your chin down.

2) Put the pill in some sort of soft food. Pudding, yogurt, soft ice cream, etc. Something that you would just swallow without chewing much.

3) Use a smaller amount of food or water to swallow the pill with than you do usually. More isn't more helpful. You still have to swallow everything that goes into your mouth.

I hate hate hate swallowing pills. Even the little ones. But, I also have practice at it because of being on various things for large stretches of time, and this one med that only came in tiny pill size that I had to take ten of every day for several days on and off for several months. Feh. Anyway, hope at least some of that it helpful.
alligator138: Ryan - Thanksalligator138 on September 5th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that. I have to take small pills regularly, and I'm ok with those, but these are like horse-pills! I get them down, but it's a right performance. Will try all suggestions.
junnightsjunnights on September 2nd, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
Tried using milk instead of water (not skimmed though)? takes away some of the taste and makes it invisible... also - placement of the pills in your mouth is crucial - in the front of your mouth - but not under it (if you fail to swallow at once)...

You could check (with your doc or something) if its okay for you to open up the capsules and add the content to some kind of jam++ and take it like that (eat it with spoon). (tastes awful - but its easier to swallow). Main issue here is that that is up to which kind of capsule it is. One kind works by portioning the medication over time and then leaves the body afterwards, while another delivers all the medication at once. The first would be a big no-no on opening it up... but the second should be fine ... Might be other sorts too - but those are the main two I remember.

And spoons... why not put the pill on one? Might help... but the milk issue is still here (any of the more fatty kind (no skimmed - works like water) I guess... but I'm mostly used to cow - rice and such are too sweet for my tastes).

and - just so you know - the backside of using milk is that if you fail several times and has to take it out of your mouth to try again... it looks kinda icky.
junnightsjunnights on September 2nd, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
er - I actually like taking pills (try to use as little fluid as possible...) - but growing up my mother did the jam thing on me for painkillers (she crushed them). I worked with handicapped people and were allowed to give them their pills after a medication course... so the other ones are mostly from that.

and I hope you get better soonish:)
alligator138: Calm pink flowersalligator138 on September 5th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
I will try everything! The capsules I have are big ones, and it says on the pack that I shouldn't open, crush or chew them, just "swallow with water". Sadists! Trouble is that by the time I've got them down, they've partly dissolved in my mouth.

Thanks for the advice! (Three more days to go...)
junnightsjunnights on September 5th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
wince - well - if they dissolve in your mouth I guess they are not the long term type... (eniro??... something - is in the ones where the capsule release its contents over time... and then leaves the body)... so... it might actually be ok to take it as powder. Main importance is probably that you take the pills, so even if the package says differently it might not be completely wrong to do it the other way... But I can't say for certain as I've neither seen the pills nor do I know if the system is the same in your country as it is in mine... - at least you've only got a few days left. (the spoon thing might help lots though...)