How to Make Pills Easier to Swallow

Certain conditions involving the esophagus will predispose one to having difficulty swallowing pills such as strictures (narrowing), scleroderma (hardening) and a condition called presbyesophagus where the muscles of the esophagus do not function properly.

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On occasion I have patients present to me with the sensation that a pill was stuck in their throat. This is not an uncommon occurrence. A number of people do have problems swallowing medication in tablet or capsule form. When a pill actually does get stuck it is usually not really in the throat but in the upper esophagus just below the throat.

Certain conditions involving the esophagus will predispose one to having difficulty swallowing pills such as strictures (narrowing), scleroderma (hardening) and a condition called presbyesophagus where the muscles of the esophagus do not function properly.

Warning signs of a stuck pill are:

– Feeling of a tablet or capsule stuck in the throat.

– Pain with swallowing.

– Achy dull pain in chest after swallowing a pill.

There are techniques that help one to swallow pills more easily:

– Relaxing and taking several deep breaths before swallowing.

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