One thing has not changed since that time. Many people still have trouble swallowing pills. According to historical records, the first pill swallowing device was invented in 1890. Other devices have been tried since then with little success. The problem with these early devices is the need to tilt the head back to wash pills down the throat. This actually increases the gag reflex that leads to swallowing difficulties.
All Choked Up… When a gag is not funny.
Of those taking the survey, 14% delayed taking their medication, 8% skipped a dose, and 4% stopped taking their medication. Less than 25% of these people ever discussed this problem with their doctor. About 20%, suffered with some anxiety over the experience of swallowing pills.
As we looked at all the mechanical and emotional aspects of pill swallowing difficulties, we discovered some amazing things that we have incorporated into a very simple solution – the Medi+Straw.
This is what the Medi+Straw does. By design, the Medi+Straw allows the head to remain level, holds the pill in preparation for swallowing, provides an accelerated fluid stream to carry the pill into the mouth, starts the sucking action that triggers the swallowing reflex, and “fools” the gag response. Since the pill is surrounded by fluid, “after-taste” is reduced or eliminated, also, The Medi+Straw has been tested extensively in health care environments and household settings and has been found it to function reliably and consistently. We believe the Medi+Straw to be a product of great value to those that suffer with pill swallowing difficulties.
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