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Without a spoonful of sugar, what can I take to make the medicine go down?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 15, 2012 at 1:54 AM

As I mentioned in another post, I just started a course of antibiotics (Flagyl) - 9 big pills a day for the next 2 weeks. The taste they leave in your mouth is AWFUL and lasts all day, I can't get rid of it. From my google searches, the key seems to be to wrap the pill in something: Fruit Roll-ups, jam, honey etc - to coat it and avoid the pill from actually making contact with the taste buds. I think that even honey bugs me, so I'd like to come up with something else....any ideas? I might try coconut oil but that would be like 9 tsp of oil a day, which might bother my gut. Can anyone think of something else?

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on February 15, 2012
at 05:00 AM

Did you know you have taste buds running all the way down your esophagus, right to your stomach? That's why you can taste your burps. That's also why jj tasted the pills so long after. Not sure what you can do with this info, but it seems relevant.

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on February 15, 2012
at 03:39 AM

jj, that sucks! thanks for the info though.

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on February 15, 2012
at 03:33 AM

I was on flagyl, the gross taste seemed to have nothing to do with contacting my taste buds. It wouldn't even start for me until an hour or so after I took the pill. I wouldn't trust anything to actually fix it.

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on February 15, 2012
at 05:45 AM

Whatever you do, do take a lot of fermented vegetables (or fresh yogurt), to replenish bacteria that those pills are going to kill. Also consider taking probiotic capsules for extra dose of bacteria. This will help you recover faster.

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on February 15, 2012
at 02:37 AM

What if you alternated different substances? Sometimes honey, sometimes coconut oil or butter, sometimes almond butter, etc?

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on February 15, 2012
at 04:23 PM

Lots of good ideas here, thanks guys. I will try these. At breakfast today I wrapped each pill in a piece of sauteed spinach.

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on February 15, 2012
at 04:20 PM

I use butter or heavy cream sometimes, or I take the pill in between bites of fatty meat.

I wish you success. :)

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on February 15, 2012
at 07:19 AM

I wonder if making some thicker-set gelatin would help any? You can cut off a cube of the gelatin (perhaps pour it into a baking dish for ease of removal from the pan) and maybe pierce it with a knife, then slide the tablet in? I'm not sure the size of the pills to which you refer, but do be careful and have a water chaser nearby to facilitate swallowing, just in case. =P

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on February 15, 2012
at 06:47 AM

Taking it with my coffee worked best for me. The taste was strong enough that I could barely taste it. There is some contention about the effectiveness of pills taken with caffeine (honestly, I don't think it makes much difference) but if you're worried about it, I would do the old tilt and drop. Mine were in a capsule, not a compressed pill...are yours just the medicine?

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on February 15, 2012
at 04:47 AM

When we try to trick our dogs into eating yucky pills, we shove it in something dense and strongly flavored. Top ones are: nut butter, cheese, cream cheese, and hot dogs. So for paleo, what if you shoved it in a ball of almond butter, or a sausage? Make the ball of surrounding food nice and big, maybe a half an inch at least on each border?

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on February 15, 2012
at 03:14 AM

You could use anything you normally eat, a partial orange segment, a piece of sweet potato, mashed up egg yolk, provided you can swallow it whole.

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on February 15, 2012
at 02:47 AM

How about date-wrapped pills?

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on February 15, 2012
at 02:40 AM

metronidozole is available in IV, so one of those battery operated pumps in the fanny pack and totally avoid your mouth. or maybe go to a compounding pharmacy and have rectals suppositories prepared?

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