... "discomfort" in the upper chest as if the capsule had exploded
Sometimes, if a pill is not taken with enough water to get it all the way down, it will begin to "melt" or dissolve in the lower esophagus and can cause burning or pain in the chest area as the medication irritates the esophageal lining. Be sure to drink a full glass of water (or more) to be sure that your pill goes all the way down into the stomach. If a pill feels "stuck", sometimes it helps to eat a piece of bread to get it all the way down.
I take it and it's notorious for sticking in the esophagus and expelling its contents. I would actually cough up Prozac 'powder' a few minutes after feeling it stuck. This would happen even if I drank plenty of water after taking the capsule, followed it with food, did not lay down, etc.
The best way I've found to prevent this is to coat the capsule with mayonnaise before swallowing it. I place the mayo in my mouth followed by the capsule, coat the capsule with my tongue and then drink plenty of water after swallowing.
I don't recall it ever getting stuck using the mayo method :)
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