Many people have their own tips for taking medicine that they don’t like or find hard to swallow. The challenge with a lot of medicines is that they taste nasty. Although the reasons for this are good, for example so that children do not mistake medicine for sweets, it doesn’t make having to take it any easier.
There are several ways you can take medicine that you don’t like the taste of. The type of medication you are taking will affect how you can take it. You should always read the labels carefully to see if there are any restrictions on how you can have your medication, for example some pills must be taken with meals.
If you find it hard to swallow pills and tablets there are several things you can do. Some pills can be dissolved in liquid. This is a good option if it is the act of swallowing that you find difficult, as opposed to the taste of the tablets.
Another way of making pills easier to take is to crush them into a power form and mix them with food. This could be anything from a spoon of jelly to sprinkling them over a meal. If you are going to do this check to make sure the tablets are okay to be taken with food.
Another method, which works whether your medication is in tablet or liquid form, is to give yourself a treat once you’ve had it. This could be anything from a piece of chocolate to five minutes peace and quiet on your own. The point is that it needs to be something you will consider a reward.
If the medication you need to take is in liquid form you could mix it with another liquid that you like the taste of. Always check the label to see if there are any restrictions on what you could use as the mixer liquid. Try to use as little additional liquid as possible so that you are not diluting it too much.
Try and build the taking of your medicine into your normal routine. If you know you have to take it at the same time each day you are much more likely to do so. If you know you just have to take it ‘at some time’ you may find yourself putting it off and even missing doses which could be dangerous.
Get yourself a medication buddy to help you with taking your medicine. Often it is easier to do something we don’t like if we have the support of another person to help us. They don’t necessarily need to be with you in person, they could be at the end of a phone, but they may provide that little extra help that you need.
You can probably find far more tips for taking medicine than are listed here. It’s the sort of things that is handed down through generations with each family having their own special methods. You may have to try a few before you find a method that suits you, but once you’ve found one you should find the whole process of taking medication a lot easier.
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