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A programme to prevent stuck pills

MagazineOctober 1998 (Vol. 9 Issue 7)A programme to prevent stuck pills

I have recently suffered from an ulcerated oesophagus due to a pill getting stuck

I have recently suffered from an ulcerated oesophagus due to a pill getting stuck. This was my third such experience, and I know of others who have the same difficulty.

I recommend the following: standing up to take pills is essential; I take at least half a glass of water and remain standing. Regardless of instructions about taking the pill before or after eating, I always follow the pill with several mouthfuls of food, to help it down in case water hasn't done the trick.

If the tablet sticks, I've found cold foods like ice cream help: the cold acts as an anaesthetic, and the ice cream coats the sore area protectively it can be as effective as an antacid. Finally, I do recommend taking medical advice rather than trying to handle the matter yourself. It is not always straightforward as your case study (WDDTY, vol 9, no 4) demonstrated. A Gabell, Gloucester.........

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