Am I Ready?
When do I know if I'm ready to learn how to swallow pills?
Are there obvious signs that will help me recognize if I'm ready?
And if I'm not ready, how will I know when I am?
You may have asked yourself these and other questions about learning to swallow pills but never received adequate answers. The following questions can serve as your guide to help you decide if you are ready to be learn to swallow pills.

Q: What are the signs that I am ready to swallow pills?
A: You must be able to manage swallowing ‘chunky’, textured foods (e.g. oatmeal or chunky applesauce) without gagging or choking as well as swallowing mouthfuls of liquid without it spilling from your mouth or causing coughing/gagging. If you are able to accomplish this, you should be ready to learn pill swallowing.

Q: Is one method better than another for learning to swallow pills?
A: There is no one “best” technique to learn how to swallow pills and capsules. Many different techniques have been tried and tested. Every person is different. You might have to try different methods until you find the one that works best for you.

Q: If I think I need a behavioral therapist to overcome a fear of pill swallowing, where can I look?
A: Your best bet is to discuss this with your health care provider. He or she can provide a referral to the appropriate therapist.

Q: Nothing works! What can I do?
A: If you’ve tried everything and still no luck, don’t push it. Come back to it in a few weeks or a few months and then try again.

Q: What are some red flags that may prevent me from swallowing pills?
A: You need to ask yourself if you have any other physical or medical problems that could impede your ability to learn to swallow pills such as:

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