September 2001 Issue

Swallow Pills Safely

Many nutrition supplements, especially calcium pills, bone formulas and multivitamins, are large and difficult to swallow. In an effort to make them go down more easily, many people tilt their heads back when they swallow. But this can actually be dangerous, say experts, because tilting your head back opens the trachea (windpipe), making it all the more likely for the pill to go down the wrong pipe, blocking your breathing and causing you to choke.

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