Can I get through life without challenging my pill phobia?
October 17, 2006 6:53 AM Subscribe
Can I get through life without having to swallow pills? This is not hypothetical.
posted by tatiana wishbone to Health & Fitness (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've had a pretty severe pill-swallowing phobia for about ten years. So far, I haven't had any major problems working around it - I take "headache powder" instead of Advil, chew up melatonin, and take liquid antibiotics. In the back of my mind, though, I'm pretty sure that there will be some circumstances where a liquid form of a medicine won't exist, or I'll have to take a time-release pill and won't be able to chew it. What are some of these circumstances? Some of the scenarios I've thought of, but am unsure about, are pregnancy and traveling to Africa/South America. Can you think of an emergency in which you had to swallow a pill (and not chew it)? Are there any common medications that aren't manufactured in any form besides time-release?
[Sidenote to anyone planning to contribute techniques/tricks on how to swallow pills - thank you and I appreciate your intentions, but I don't think this is something that can be conquered without therapy. The mere thought of swallowing a pill is terrifying to me, and many times when I've tried to overcome it, the pill ends up stuck in my throat. I don't try anymore. This is the scariest feeling in the world, and I'm asking the above question so I can find out whether it's necessary for me to challenge this phobia with some professional help.]