Both tablets and capsules (also called pills) are oral solid dosage forms. There are many ways people swallow pills. Some take a mouthful of water first and throw the tablets/capsules in the mouth and swallow. Some throw the pills in the mouth first, then sip some water and swallow.
Research says that one in three persons had the difficulty of swallowing tablets with water or other drinks. I also have seen many people struggle to swallow a tablet or capsule with water. Some researchers of Heidelberg University of Germany have discovered the best way to to swallow tablets and capsules. According to the results of their study involving 151 adult volunteers, they have found that “Pill bottle” method is the best way to swallow a tablet. In this method the tablet should be placed on the tongue and a sip of water (around 20 ml/ 4 tea spoons) should be sucked from a bottle and swallow it quickly.
On the other hand, for capsules the “Lean Forward” was found to be the best. In this method, the capsule should be placed on the tongue first, then take a sip of water (around 20 ml/ 4 tea spoons) from a bottle or glass and then bent your head forward and swallow it. As the capsules have the tendency to float on water, many people cannot swallow them properly and sometimes it may got stuck on the throat.
The article was published in last year in the Annals of Family Medicine. Here is the link for your further reading :http://annfammed.org/content/12/6/550.full
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