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Get the rundown on prescription drugs, proper dosages, and other important information about medication.
You Will Need
- A pharmacist
- A taste disguise
- A taste-bud saturator
Increase the concentration
Ask your pharmacist whether the medicine is available in a lower concentration. A teaspoon of a medicine with a 50-milligram concentration may be easier to swallow than a half-teaspoon of the 100-milligram concentration even though the dose is the same.
Disguise the taste
Disguise the taste of the medicine by mixing it with a small amount of pudding, applesauce, or ice cream.
Anesthetize your taste buds
Suck on an ice cube before taking the medicine. The ice numbs the taste buds and makes it easier to swallow the medicine.
Overwhelm your taste buds
Saturate your taste buds with a strong sensation prior to taking the medication. Chew an orange or lemon peel, or suck on cloves or another aromatic spice before taking the medication. The strength of the initial sensation causes the taste of the medicine to be less perceptible.