It's the worst when you have to take horrible tasting medicine. You already feel lousy and then they go and attack your tastebuds too? It doesn't seem fair. Well, this video is here to help. Check out this tutorial and learn some great tricks to get that elixir to go down a lot smoother.
You Will Need
• A pharmacist
• A taste disguise
• A taste-bud saturator
Step 1: 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.
Ask your pharmacist about other ways to mask the taste. Pharmacies often have dozens of flavor options such as vanilla, butterscotch, peppermint, licorice, and coffee.
Step 2: Disguise the taste
Disguise the taste of the medicine by mixing it with a small amount of pudding, applesauce, or ice cream.
Step 3: 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.
Placing the medicine in the refrigerator before taking it may dull its flavor.
Step 4: 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.
Did you know? Some scientists believe the human sense of bitter taste evolved to protect humans from ingesting poisonous plants.