Don't be judgmental some people are unable to swallow pills, when attempting either keep gaging them back up and after several attempts they become very slimy and sticky and get lodged in my throat. I look for alternative ways of ingesting them bc have serious chronic pain and have heard many things and need to know which generics are crushable and which generics are gelling up. Thanks you to anyone who takes time to read this and helps with my inquiries.
You could ask for fentanyl patch from your doctor for ER pain control. Most narcotics have a gel coating for that exact reason, so they can't be crushed due to the dangers. I think the best person to ask is your doctor so he can change your meds appropriately. Does he/she know you have difficult swallowing? This isn't judgmental at all either. The original OxyContin formula that worked very well for pain was changed so it couldn't be crushed as people, especially teens, would crush, than snort, smoke and inject which caused an unfortunate number of fatal overdoses. The gel coating supports the time release so the medication is released over an extended period of time so that people do not have to rely on break through meds as frequently to cover pain as they're shorting acting. Hope that helps!
I agree with cupcake on this one, if you're having such a hard time swallowing your pills, consider asking your doctor to put you on a transdermal pain patch, such as the Duragesic fentanyl patch or, if you have a lower tolerance, the BuTrans buprenorphine patch. I understand where you're coming from. I have abnormally large tonsils and produce a lot of sinus mucous (gross, I know), so larger pills, and pills with certain coatings, get stuck in my throat for long periods of time, and sometimes it takes numerous tries to swallow one pill. This is definitely something you need to talk to your doctor about and hopefully find a better solution for you.
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