17. April 2024


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Why You Should Never Swallow Pills Without Water

Portrait of a woman taking a pill.

My husband has a habit that makes me want to vomit. No, it’s not the fact that he leaves his dirty socks on the kitchen counter sometimes. It’s not the several-months-old, bacteria-infested coffee cups I sometimes find in the car. It’s not the way he slurps his soup (though that comes in a close second).

My husband swallows pills with absolutely no water, and it’s completely appalling.

I have no idea how he does this. I need almost an entire cup of water to swallow each pill or vitamin that I take. I can only take pills if they have a gel capsule or are coated. I guess I just have a very sensitive gag reflex or something.

Once in a while it takes me a few attempts to get my pills down, even with water. So I have no clue about what superhuman (or outsider) throat my better half was brought into the world with. At the point when he swallows his pills, he doesn’t require a solitary taste. No battling to drop the damn pills down. Just—swallow—and the pill is no more.

The sound of that dry swallow is most certainly upchuck commendable and I disdain being in the room when it occurs. What sort of odd animal did I wed?

Well, recently, my husband got an ear infection. Suddenly he was dry downing several pills a day. First meds for the pain, and antibiotics for the infection. Then, antihistamines were added to the mix, because he had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics.

I was witnessing him dry swallowing these damn pills around the clock and I’d had enough. So I went on Facebook (because of course I did) to complain. I learned two things which totally surprised me.

Most importantly, my better half is evidently not alone. A few companions of mine do this as well, or they have life partners who do this. The vast majority of my companions with life partners or other friends and family who do this discover it as unusual, disconcerting, and gag-commendable as I do.

Yet, what truly shocked me—and what I think I associated some place in the back with my brain—is that dry gulping pills is really not beneficial, and could be perilous.

My primary care physician companion called attention to that without water to wash them down, pills can stall out in the throat and cause harm. Different companions of mine called attention to (appropriately) that most drug directions recommend that you take the pills with some water. (I generally realized I was to a greater extent a standard devotee rather than my better half.)

Another friend recalled a time when her father (who happened to be a doctor) got an antibiotic stuck in his throat, after having swallowed pills dry all his life. “It caused a really painful ulceration of his esophagus that took a long time to heal,” she said. “He never did it again and warned us never to do it!”

Holy crap, that’s terrifying. WTAF.

But don’t just take my friends’ word for it. Healthline verifies that this shit is absolutely true.

Swallowing pills without water “increases your chances for the pill getting stuck in your esophagus,” Healthline explains. “Some medications can irritate the lining of your esophagus if they become lodged there or take too long on the trip down to your stomach,” they add.

That, however Healthline clarifies that on the off chance that you don’t take water with your pill, it may not function as fast or as successfully … which is most certainly not something you need to happen when you are taking a drug!

You can wager that I transferred all of this data to my better half. His response was, “Alright, I’ll drink water with my pills, yet that is somewhat of an aggravation.” Ummm, I figure it would be a lot greater aggravation in the event that you needed to pull your butt to the ER on the grounds that a Benadryl was caught in your throat. Be that as it may, OK.

I think subtly, my better half believes he’s some sort of boss for gulping pills without water. I tend to disagree, obviously.

However, i get it. Old propensities are most certainly difficult to break. In any, not really set in stone to ensure my better half breaks this one—both for his wellbeing, and for my mental soundness.

Since, I swear, in the event that I need to watch him dry swallow one more pill in the course of my life, I will lose my poo. Or on the other hand barf up my lunch. In any case, it will not be pretty.