Tuesday, October 01, 2013
But there is a large contingent of people who just cannot take a pill. Unless this is a physically-caused dysphagia (swallowing difficulty), this can come from a fear of gagging or a past difficulty getting a pill down. The throat muscles clench--and it goes wrong.
This was covered in the WSJ, Sept 24, 2013.
Swallowing takes place in three steps--the moistening of food, the closure of the larynx, and then the contractions of the esophagus pushing the item down.
But you don't chew a pill--and this interrupts the three-part cycle.
Do not dissolve a pill or cut it up. Sometimes there is a time-release element and you don't know it.
If you stop dead with a pill in your mouth, practice with Gummi bears--when you feel calm.
Tell yourself--this is way smaller than the last piece of steak I ate.
Sometimes you can put the whole pill in applesauce and it will just go down without a to-do about the chewing thing.
Or turn your head to the side.
I had a med reaction once that led to swallowing problems--horrible. You overthink the act and then it becomes a real issue. I had to eat radioactive goo and get x-rayed to see what was going on.
Jeez, even little kids can swallow.
Hope this story does not create any problems for you...