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You Are Taking Your Medicine The Wrong Way, Most Americans Do

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Most Americans take medicine (pills and capsules) the wrong way.  And because of it, may not be as effective.

I’m certainly no doctor, but I’ve asked enough of them about medicines to know a few things.  When visiting your doctor, you should always ask what to expect when taking medicines, in terms of how they will make you feel, if anything, and what are some common and even not so common side effects.  You should also ask how long it will take to get results.

There’s one question I bet you’ve never asked your doctor.  How to take pills and capsules?  You should always drink a few sips of water BEFORE taking pills or capsules.  Also, unless directed otherwise by your doctor, you should follow up with an entire glass of water.

How many times have you felt like you had a pill stuck in you esophagus?  That’s not good as most pills and capsules are meant to dissolve in the stomach.  So remember, unless your doctor gives you specific instructions, drink liquid (preferably water) before you put pills or capsules in your mouth and always drink an entire glass of liquid even after you’ve swallowed.

Always read and follow label instructions.

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