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    Swallowing capsules

    Hi all,

    Over the last week I am having problems swallowing capsules, tablets I can take by chewing them into smaller pieces before swallowing, food is normally fine although I am chewing it a bit more and taking longer to finish meals. My other half doesn't understand why I'm having a problem with the capsules all I can think of is that I am trying to swallow straight over without chewing and that is where the problem lies. Has anyone else come across this?

    Andrea

    #2
    Yes, I have had similar problems Andrea;

    When I was well I could not swallow any tablets. Now I can swallow most things without any water etc. But things have changed over my 7 years of Mnd from easy to hard to easy. I found capsules very hard because they seemed to stick to my tongue or the roof of my mouth and also because they are so light.

    Try swallowing with yogurt, breakfast cereal or so other mouse type thing. It is probably better to get the substance if a coated tablet etc.

    Love Terry
    TB once said that "The forum is still the best source for friendship and information."

    It will only remain so if new people post and keep us updated on things that work or don't work and tips.

    Please post on old threads that are of use so that others see them and feel free to start new subjects and threads.

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      #3
      Yes Andrea, like Terry I take capsules with thick yoghurt or in a mouthful of easy to swallow food. (I know he's a cat but I don't recommend taking one with mouse )

      I can't swallow them with water.

      Ellie x.
      ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
      Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

      ​

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        #4
        Rumba. I do sometimes struggle to swallow my Riluzole tablet it melts in my mouth. What I do is have cold water ready and put tablet on my tongue and push to back of tongue then sip of water to swallow it down. Riluzole needs taking hour before food or two after. I find that works nearly every time.
        Regards John

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          #5
          Hi John;

          Some riluzole makes melt quicker that others, I always ask for:- (NOT GLENTECH BRAND prefers teva or actavis),

          I think that they are best taken as you describe but it does not matter so much.

          Do try not to let them dissolve in your mouth as they cause local anesthetic to areas and maybe other problems.

          Love Terry
          TB once said that "The forum is still the best source for friendship and information."

          It will only remain so if new people post and keep us updated on things that work or don't work and tips.

          Please post on old threads that are of use so that others see them and feel free to start new subjects and threads.

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            #6
            Thanks all had a go at trying to swallow with yogurt worked well for the smaller ginseng & probiotic supplements but still having problem with the larger fish oil capsule will have to keep trying that one.

            Ellie I'll be sure to avoid the mouse.........

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              #7
              There is a free on line course on dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) which might appeal to some. I'm doing it at the moment and finding it really interesting although I am out of my depth for some of it. There's a whole section on swallowing tablets and capsules and why it is important not to crush tablets or open capsules. Just google Futurelearn to get details of the courses - there are hundreds of them and I find they are a good way to fill the empty days and keeping the brain active.

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                #8
                Hi Miranda, I love the FutureLearn courses too. I did the dysphagia course a while ago and found it really informative and helpful. I have been with them since they first started. It is so nice to have something worthwhile come into my inbox and something to do with my brain!
                Best wishes

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                  #9
                  My Jan did have trouble swallowing large calcium tablets so we would quarter them

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                    #10
                    Get liquid forms.
                    Bulbar started Jan 2020. Mute and 100% tube fed but mobile and undefeated. Stay Strong πŸ€—πŸ˜˜πŸ€—πŸ˜xx

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                      #11
                      Ive just switched to liquid forms. If they vitamins in plastic type capsule i read you can open them and disolve in food water etc. But like others say check re crushing medication. My g.p put me in touch with pharmacist at surgery. He went through all my meds and either converted into liquids or told me what not to crush. Liquid riluzole costs Β£100 for liquid and Β£14 for tablet form. Birmingham health authority will not prescribe liquid form but luckily my health authority dudley do.
                      postcode lottery.
                      Diagnosed May 2021 bulbar onset als.

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                        #12
                        I've found some tablets dissolve in water. Zopliclone is one. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜πŸ€—πŸ˜xx
                        Bulbar started Jan 2020. Mute and 100% tube fed but mobile and undefeated. Stay Strong πŸ€—πŸ˜˜πŸ€—πŸ˜xx

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