Monday, April 25, 2011


GL has to take medication four times a day. Anyone who says medication is never the answer for behavior should try living with him unmedicated. He learned to swallow pills at age 7, and has never had a problem with them since. Even when the pharmacy filled his prescription with the same number of milligrams, but more pills, he swallowed handfuls of pills with no difficulty. Until recently. He had a cold a month or two ago with coughing and choking. He happened to cough or choke on mucous more than once while swallowing his pills. The cold is long gone, but now he is convinced that pills will make him cough, choke, or gag. First he started coughing while the pills are still in the front of his mouth, before he attempted to swallow, spitting them across the room or into the cup of water. Now he's started coughing and gagging before they're even in his mouth, sometimes as soon as I open the bottle. Heavy sigh.

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Blogger kathleen said...

Can you get it in liquid form? My boys have awful awful gag reflexes...any meds have to be liquid...or can you try a pill cutter-this is gonna sound like I'm a junkie (I swear I'm not) a ped file it to powder and put it in some apple sauce or yogurt. Hope this is a little bit helpful...hope you can figure it out soon.

April 29, 2011 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger Lizbeth said...

We had the same thing happen!! Uggh...our allergist came up with this and it worked for us--get a candy he loves, that look like pills and have him swallow it. We used M&M's mini's...after a while he took the meds but only after a huge bolus of candy first!

I hope that helps.

May 2, 2011 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Accidental Expert said...

My son is the same way. Usually pretty good about meds. For him, he got the stomach flu and got sick, then he had huge anxiety attacks afterwards thinking he would throw up again.

The good news? It did pass. Hang in there.

May 10, 2011 at 5:49 PM  

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