How do you take your medications?

When you get sick, what are your preferred choice of medication?

Since young, I am very bad at swallowing pills. I get car sick each time we traveled from Lumut to Melaka. Back then I was as young as Ethan and I had to take ‘travelling pills’ to stop me from throwing up during the journey. My mother had to ‘break’ the pills into powdery form and that actually makes it even worse as the moment it got into my mouth, it was BITTER all over! But she had no choice as it was impossible to make me swallow the tiniest of pills! Try as I might, I just can’t do it (swallowing pills). I took gallons of water yet the pill is still there at the back of my throat until I feel like gagging.

I’m old now. Very old yet something just doesn’t change. I still find it difficult to swallow tablets and capsules. Touch wood if I ever get sick, I’ll always request for a jab and if that is not advisable, I’ll ask for medication in syrup form. If that is still not advisable or unavailable then I have no choice but to take the pills. I always end up flushing those pills in the toilet with the hope that Darling thinks that I’ve taken them.


Recently, under the advise of my doctor, I have to take some pills for a period of time. Those pills are oblong and is as huge as my thumb! Okay I’m exaggerating. They are only 1.8cm max but to me they are a huge drumstick! I gagged each time I tried to swallow it and my success vs failure rate is about 1:3 For each day I successfully swallowed a pill, I’ll end up throwing up the next couple of times.

The only way I can easily swallow a pill is by taking it with carbonated drinks but that is like suicide. I really don’t understand how Darling can talk with a pill in his mouth and then swallow it with just a little sip of water! The thought of having a pill on my tongue can easily freeze me. I don’t know how on Earth I’m supposed to teach Ethan to take his medication when the time comes *touch wood*. I think I’ll just leave it to Darling…

For now, I’m staring at my pill wondering what to do with it … @_@

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    Ala……kenot swallow pill…..he he he, use plastic pipe put inside throat….ha ha ha…

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    Merryn, you are funny. I prefer tablet than syrup. Why? I hate syrup because the medicine smell will be around my mouth after I had it. Yucks! I can smell it right now.

    When it is tablet, I just swallow straight away, if the smell is very strong, I’ll get ready with assam bui with me. hahaha. Still like kids right?

    I thought my son to swallow ended, he thrown up one day, poor baby. Ended I break the vitamins in small pieces…

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      Most of the time the pill comes right out again after I swallowed a glassful of water! But each time if I managed to swallow a tablet I’ll feel like vomitting and I’ll be lucky if I don’t throw up again @_@

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        Just like my son, when he took for the first time. His tongue just dun get it. Hehehe…

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    Why so difficult to swallow those tiny pills when you can swallow one mouthful of rice? It’s just an illusion. Maybe you imagine you are are swallowing some nice tasty food? LOL!

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      Rice we can chew. Pills I have to swallow without chewing? -.-

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    When I’m sick, I don’t take medications. I just lie in bed and sleep till I get better. That’s always been that way. :)

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      Same same. I’ll sleep until I recuperate. I dont even want to eat anything but sometimes, it is a MUST to take medications esp when u kena food poisoning @_@

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    When I was young, I would break the pill into half. Now ah just drink water and swallow la..haha. I can swallow 2 or 3 in one go.

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      Yikes! U n William sama jer! I see oso wanna throw up dy …

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    Easy. I can swallow supplements where the pill or capsule were huge? like fish oil capsules. Just put it almost at the back of your throat and flush it down.

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      Chris, that is becoz you have a big mouth >_<

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    How do i take my pills? Depends on which type.. certain type you need to poke it into your ass LOL!

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    Well, I usually take my pills with sweet drinks and not just carbonated drinks. Still i didn’t die. But usually i take with a cup of cold milo. Always nice to wash down with the taste of milo

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      Ooo I love Milo! Will try that sometimes!

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    I was just like you when I was a kid…prone to motion sickness and could never swallow the tiniest pill. Now those are history already. I can now swallow up to 3 pills (Panadol size) without problem. The trick is to practice swallowing with thick liquid like milk/milo with nestum or oats…make it into porridge-like consistency. Take a mouthful, throw the pill in it and just swallow…you won’t feel the pill in your mouth one, trust me :)

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      Nestum oat I have and I like. I’ll try this tomorrow to see if it works :)

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    I was just like you too!!
    I can totally relate to crushed powder and flushing pills down toilet bowl. And of drinking lots of water until tummy want to explode but bl**dy pill still in mouth! Only managed to overcome this when I was preggy.

    Hubby also the type that has it easy. He can pop like 5-6 pills in the mouth, then only start looking for water and then telan at one go. Grr.

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      Yeah! Tummy wanna explode dy right? Hubs can never understand why it is so hard for me to do this ..

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    Have u try to cut those tablet into very very tiny one first then swallow little by little it? else if like drumstick size u took forever to eat it…u look at the pill, the pill look at u, n u lagi cant take it, dont take all at 1 go to lesser down the chance of vomit it out.

    It just need to get more practise to swallow and swallow, then u will master when its the right time to let the pill flow down ur throat together with water. For me 2 fish oil swallow together with 1 sip water is not a problem. Terry can swallow small vit c tablet dy, at first, very hard, but slowly now ok already..btw, it is not advisible to take tablet medicine with carbonate drink, juice or milk..

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      OMG! I’ve been taking it with milk all these while…

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    oh no… I think you are not alone.. I had this in my young days, but later, I learned the ‘trick’ of ‘throwing’ it into the mouth and not touching the tougue, and hey… all gone the gagging!

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      Gila! Throw then it gets stuck there lagi choke to death! Haha!

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    I hate swallowing pills too. I positioned the pill at the very back of my tongue, then quikly swallow with water. Maybe can try chinese medicine in form of powder…

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      I tried positioning it at the back of my tongue. I threw up immediately :(

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    I am just the opposite. THe sight of syrupy meds can already make me puke! Swallow pills easy peasy, u can do it! If swallowing them with sweetened drinks can help, why not? I am also one who must swallow my pills with something that is sweet and nice smelling like Ribena or juices. Swallow pills with carbonated drinks – can ah? Coz acidic ma. Maybe u google search on this, for your health safety ya?

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      Swallow with carbonated drinks is a no-no I heard so I’m trying not to make that a habit. But somehow that is the only way I can do this :(

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    Hmm…like some of them, I hate syrup. I prefer take pills so that I can swallow them at one shot. Just close your eyes, and drink lots of water. I believe you can do it.

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    When I get sick…hmmm…I don’t know. I seldom get sick. :p

    But if I get fever or something I will play basketball and it helps. :D

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    I prefer pills than syrup anytime, hate the smell and aftertaste of syrup.

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    I’m ok to swallow pill but not those big size form. My multivitamin size @ 1.8cm, same like yours, gosh after swallow it like stuck on my throat, refuse to go down no matter how many cups of water I drank. End up I choose to bite the pill into 3 part and it’s easier for me to swallow it.

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    Pity you~~ I can do like Willian too, a few pills in one shot :P

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