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Swallowing Tips

If A Pill Tastes Bad

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If a drug melts in your mouth and tastes bad, consider the following tips: 
  • You can numb your taste buds by sucking on something cold such as ice chips or a popsicle.
  • Conceal the unpleasant taste by putting pills into empty medicine capsules and then swallowing. Empty medicine capsules are available at drug stores and health food stores.
  • Find out if the drug comes in the form of a "drug patch" (transdermal drug-delivery system.) The medication's active ingredient is integrated into the adhesive gel on one side of the patch. When you wear the patch, the drug passes through the skin into your bloodstream.
  • Change the form by means of compounding. Drugs can be transformed into a different form, such as lozenge, gummy bears or even Popsicles or lollipops. All drugs are compoundable as long as there is not a patent on the form you need. To learn more, contact a compounder.

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