Seniors may stop taking their prescriptions or not take them regularly as prescribed, simply because they’re just too difficult to swallow. This can be harmful to their health and undermines the treatment effectiveness
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Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) December 11, 2014
Bel Marra Health (http://www.BelMarraHealth.com), a company that offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, is reporting on new methods of swallowing pills and capsules for those with difficulties.
As Bel Marra Health reports in its article (http://www.belmarrahealth.com/general-health-2/if-you-have-difficulty-swallowing-pills-try-this/), German researchers have come up with two methods for helping people swallow their pill or capsule medications. This means those people won’t find the medication so difficult to take or stop taking the medication as prescribed.
The researchers had 151 volunteers, both male and female, divided into groups to test and determine the effectiveness of the new swallowing methods.
Each participant was given 16 capsules, varying in sizes, and first asked to swallow them in the way they felt most comfortable to determine a control. The participants were then asked to try two new methods.
The first method, referred to the “pop bottle” method, had participants place the pill on their tongue. They then placed their lips firmly around the bottle opening and proceeded to swallow the water and pill together without allowing any air into their mouths. Two-thirds of participants found this method successful.
The second method, called the “lean forward,” started off the same way, by placing a pill on the tongue. The participants then took a sip of water without swallowing until they leaned their heads forward. Once they bowed their heads, they swallowed both the pill and the water together. In comparison to leaning your head back, researchers noted this method was far more successful.
With seniors taking more and more medication, finding effective methods to take them with ease is important.
“Seniors may stop taking their prescriptions or not take them regularly as prescribed, simply because they’re just too difficult to swallow. This can be harmful to their health and undermines the treatment effectiveness,” says Dr. Victor Marchione, spokesperson for Bel Marra Health. “These new methods are definitely worth trying.”
Researchers say the new methods are useful as long as the individual doesn’t have any other underlying issues. Fear, for example, plays a large role in why patients may choose not to take pills or capsules; they are scared they might choke or stop breathing and therefore avoid these types of medications.
Other issues, such as stroke or dysphagia, a condition where the throat muscles are weak and damaged, may prevent swallowing.
(SOURCE: Schiele, J., et al., “Two Techniques to Make Swallowing Pills Easier,” Annals of Family Medicine, November/December 2014, doi: 10.1370/afm.1693, http://annfammed.org/content/12/6/550.full.pdf+html.)
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