Struggling To Take Your Oral Medications? You May Need IV Treatment

Medications come in so many forms today, including pills and capsules. However, some adults suffer from mouth and throat problems that prevent them from swallowing their pills and capsules without pain, gagging, or vomiting. If you have problems swallowing your medications in pill or capsule form, try IV treatment instead. Learn how your inability to swallow your medications affects your health and how IV treatment may a good choice for you. 

What Happens If You Can't Swallow Your Medications?

Many people struggle to take their medications on a regular basis. You may struggle to swallow whole or solid medications if you suffer from stomach problems, such as GERD or another gastrointestinal condition. You may also have problems swallowing pills if your throat is very small or narrow. The muscles in your throat may not be large or relaxed enough to push pills and capsules down your esophagus.

Some adults simply can't tolerate solid or whole medications. The individuals may chew their medications or crush them with another handy tool. However, it can be dangerous for your health if you chew or crush your pills. Some types of medications require a specific amount of time to work inside your body. Other types of drugs can irritate the lining in your stomach, intestines, and liver if you chew them. 

If you chew or break up your medications, stop. Take your medications by IV instead.

How Can IV Treatment Help You Overcome Your Problem?

IV (or intravenous) treatment allows a doctor, nurse, or another practitioner to administer your medications into your body through a large vein in your arm, hand, or leg. The vein allows the medications to enter your bloodstream, which allows the drugs to reach different areas of your body. If you take drugs for a specific health condition, intravenous treatment may be an excellent option for you.

You may need to do a few things to prepare for your IV treatments. You may need to undergo an exam prior to your IV treatment. The exam allows a doctor to check the state of your veins to see if they're healthy and strong enough to undergo IV treatment. If your veins aren't strong enough, a doctor can take other steps to help you obtain the medications you need.

If you're struggling to take your pills and would like to learn more about intravenous medications, contact a doctor about IV medication services today.