How To Dislodge A Pill That Is Stuck In Your Throat
|Having A Pill Get Stuck In Your Throat Is Can Be Scary|
What You Can Do To Remove A Pill Stuck In Your Esophagus
It can be really scary when you have a vitamin, capsule, stubborn pill stuck in your esophagus. and you're wondering what to do to remove it. Pronto.
If You Need to Dislodge a Capsule That Is stuck In Your Esophagus (throat)
The other really important reason capsule-type pills can be a problem, is the medication inside them.
Your mind can take over and work against you on this last swallow, causing your throat muscles to become tight. Try to relax by thinking positive and swallowing normally.
Do NOT bring your mouth down to the drink! Bring the cup level with your mouth, then move your head forward just a little, drink normally. A straw can help aim the liquid toward the pill/capsule. I've had plenty of pills stuck in my throat and moving my head forward to swallow has cut down the incidence by 98%.
(if you are alone, text someone that you are having trouble)
|Throat Sprays Like Pill Glide Can Help|
Make sure you heat enough liquid to dislodge a stubborn pill. Bring the drink up to your lips; move your head forward, then sip. Don't tense up or your throat muscles may constrict.
If you are alone and need help, dial 911, or text someone to call 911 for you.
Ways To Avoid Getting Pills, Capsules and Tablets Stuck In Your Throat: Why This May Be Happening
|Make Sure Your Pill Is Safe To Split|
Over the course of several years, I figured out why (for me) pills kept getting stuck in my throat. You'd think I was a slow learner having so many years go by and not much relief in the pill-gets- stuck department. Well, I kept hoping that changing my vitamin from tablet to capsule would remedy the problem. I also traded large pills for a smaller, lesser-strength pills and tablets for caplets ... or, well, whatever. I think my first two or three harrowing experiences had me so nervous I unwittingly tensed my throat, making swallowing pills crazy-difficult.
Here's some tips that work for me (pardon any redundancies)
|Cheap pill crushers work well|
- Be sure you always take a drink of water before you place the pill on your tongue
- Move the capsule or tablet around in your mouth to make sure it's wet all around
- If you just can't seem to get any pill down--even when it's wet--you might coat it in a bit of oil or butter.
- Make sure capsules end up vertically on your tongue before you take a drink. Curl your tongue to be sure the pill is longways, if necessary.
- Keep your drink counter height; this helps remind you to bring the glass to your mouth
- For some reason, moving your head forward keeps swallowing less an effort
- Use soda and a straw. But make sure the straw isn't too narrow or you'll have to suck harder, and the pill will be all the more difficult to get down.
- Don't swallow your pill with warm or hot liquid. Your capsule will melt in your mouth and may burn your esophagus with its caustic contents. Warm liquid will melt the protective coating on many pills. Only use warm liquid when the pill is stuck.
- Use a pill splitter if your doctor or pharmacist says it's safe to do so.
- Pill crushers are handy, too. Usually, if you can split a pill, it's safe to crush. You can buy a crusher, or place the pill inside a folded cloth napkin, then use the bottom of a thick glass to pound it into powder.