Cant Swallow Sertraline

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I was prescribed 50mg Sertraline tablets by my doctor and I expressed my concern of not being able to swallow tablets. She told me to try them when I get my prescription and see if I can swallow them or not.

Upon starting them today, I am unable to swallow them despite them being small. The only tablets I have been able to just about swallow is those plastic capsule style ones, yet I still struggle with them at times as they seem to just bounce back out of my throat.I have naturally large tonsils and have always struggled with swallowing dry foods and have only been able to take tablets for the past 12 months or so, due to not being able to swallow any (tablet or capsule) before hand.

Any tips on how to swallow tablets or if they do a capsule of Sertraline in the UK would be great. Thanks.

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    Have you tried letting them disolve under your tongue? Or breaking the tablet into bits then taking them in small quantities. 

    Perhaps have a quick word with your pharmacist or dr to see if it's OK to do that.

    Neil 

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      I tried dissolving it under my tongue but I still couldn't swallow the remaints of the powder (it's like trying to swallow sand). I also tried breaking the tablet into quarters but even in such small pieces like that, I couldn't swallow it.

      Nor was I able to swallow it with any food

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    you could buy a pill crusher at your pharmacy. then dissolve the powder into a beverage...then drink it. that's what i've had to do in the past. now i just force myself to swallow my medication...years of practice

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    Hi, if you find that it's ok to dissolve them or crush them up, why don't you pop it in a bowl of cereal, or a sandwich or coffee or something like that? Sometimes it's the thought of trying to swallow it that is the barrier. I'm assuming you can swallow food down normally without thinking about it?! It might not taste great though!

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    Hello! I am a nurse and I often have patients who can swallow some pills, but not others. I for one have no issue swallowing pills... unless they are dry/chalky, then I struggle immensely! I would discuss with your pharmacist first and foremost if your Sertraline can safely be crushed, if there are not capsules available. If they can be crushed, a lot of people try taking the pill in applesauce or pudding. Often patients will simply break them in halves or quarters, but again, be sure these are medications that CAN be broken or crushed as some forms of medications cannot due to the way they are intended to be absorbed in the body. Hopefully you find some releif! Best wishes! 
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