twintree asked in HealthOther - Health · 1 decade ago

Do pills/medicine have to be swallowed down with water?

Or could I also swallow them down with milk, juice, coffee, gatorade, etc?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Depends on the medicine. Some are made inactive by ingredients in juices or other drinks, and some are made hyperactive. Check with a pharmacist.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It really depends on the type of medicine/tablet/capsule/pill. For example, Paracetamol tablets can be swallowed with water, juice or milk, but Alendronate and Minocycline tablets, for example, can only be swallowed with water, nothing else.

    The safest bet is to swallow all your medicines with a large glass of water.

    Source(s): I'm a Pharmacist and am about to start my first year at medical school.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    over the counter medications can usually be swallowed with anything, but most prescriptions[especially pain killers] have to be swallowed with whatever the pharmacist/doctor/bottle says. usually milk or water.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can swallow them with anything you want. The only time you need to do it with water is when it says it on the label.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I believe in most cases it doesn't matter. However, keep an eye on it, some medicines react badly to certain fruits and things like that.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The medications should have warnings if there are specific liquids to use or not. Otherwise, knock yourself out and drink what you like.

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  • 1 decade ago

    if you are not affected for taking dairy products, then you can take yoghurt (any flavour will do) they slide down and avoids the aftertaste.

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  • 1 decade ago

    you can also insert them directly into your stomach via the belly button. unless youi have an outie...

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