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Author Topic: Finding it hard to swallow kaletra tablets  (Read 1531 times)

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Offline clair0

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Finding it hard to swallow kaletra tablets
« on: March 02, 2012, 07:01:34 PM »
hi guys..i need your help i just started taking kaletra tablets with truvada .i find it hard to swallow the kaletra,i end up throwing up..i generally have trouble taking big pills..

any advice would be helpful..i will ask my doctor if i can crush and mix with drink..thanks

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Finding it hard to swallow kaletra tablets
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2012, 07:11:02 PM »
Don't you consume bites of food in a size larger than this pill?
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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Finding it hard to swallow kaletra tablets
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2012, 07:22:30 PM »
hi guys..i need your help i just started taking kaletra tablets with truvada .i find it hard to swallow the kaletra,i end up throwing up..i generally have trouble taking big pills..

any advice would be helpful..i will ask my doctor if i can crush and mix with drink..thanks

Hi Clair,

I don't know if it possible to crush Kaletra tablets, so checking with your doctor first is a good idea. I do know that it comes in a liquid formulation but that is designed for children. It may not easily provide the dosage an adult requires in a convenient quantity of liquid. Something else to ask your doctor.

MtD

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Re: Finding it hard to swallow kaletra tablets
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2012, 07:34:02 PM »
Hello Claire

There's been a few other threads over the years by people who needed help swallowing pills.  You can find them using the search box (in the left hand column, scroll down a long ways) -- but here is a thread with some techniques that might help

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=8032.msg101054#msg101054

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5/06 VL 1M+, CD4 22, 5% , pneumonia, thrush -- O2 support 2 months, 6/06 +Kaletra/Truvada
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2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
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Offline thunter34

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Re: Finding it hard to swallow kaletra tablets
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2012, 07:57:26 PM »
I've been exactly where you are with Kaletra difficulties.  Yes, I'd swallowed bits of food that are larger than the pill, but the food was delicious and not full of potent chemicals that made me nauseated.

I know you pain exactly.

Here's what worked for me:

For one thing, be sure you're taking it with at least a little food.  But when it's time to down the actual pill, try it with some cold coffee (preferably with a little flavored creamer to sweeten and thicken it).  Even better is something like a tad of chocolate milk.  A slightly thick beverage tends to help it go down, and I'd do it with a great big gulp of liquid, personally.

That's what worked for me, and it gets much easier very quickly.  I'm old hat with downing meds now, and can swallow the whole daily lot (4 pills) in one swig now.  It used to be one pill at a time - and with great effort...mostly because my body was still adjusting to the meds, so there was a lot of psychologically based difficulty (basically, my body was still somewhat ill from them so my head was trying so say "no" to them going down).

Remember that, no matter how icky they may be making you feel right out of the gate, they are the "good guys".  Stick with it, and you'll be fine.

 
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Re: Finding it hard to swallow kaletra tablets
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2012, 09:10:15 PM »
Hello Claire

There's been a few other threads over the years by people who needed help swallowing pills.  You can find them using the search box (in the left hand column, scroll down a long ways) -- but here is a thread with some techniques that might help

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=8032.msg101054#msg101054

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Assurbanipal


Good link.

I was going to mention the same thing about previous threads on this topic.

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Re: Finding it hard to swallow kaletra tablets
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2012, 10:35:18 PM »
If you take meds with your dinner, I've always found a smear of butter, rolling them in gravy first, or hidden in a forkful of mashed potatoes, are just a few of the tricks to get big pills down (or pills that you're having psychological issues with - which still sometimes seems to be a problem for me after all these yrs later)

keep trying all these offered tricks till you find one that works for you. And as Tim said, remember the pills are the good guys and you need to stick with them.
leatherman (aka mIkIE)


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