Your healthcare provider or pharmacist will tell you whether you should take your medication on an empty stomach or before or after eating.This information is very important because food in your stomach and intestine can interfere with your medication dissolving and passing into your bloodstream.Many over-the-counter liquid medications come with a small medicine cup attached to the top of the bottle.If the medication has been prescribed for an infant or young child, make sure to speak with your pediatrician about the proper dosage, or amount, of liquid medication for your child.Certain medications are placed under the tongue (sublingual) or between the teeth and the cheek (buccal).
Tablets and Capsules In general, you should take tablets and capsules with water.
If you have difficulty swallowing pills, there are things that you can do to facilitate this process.
For example, German researchers found success with the following technique called the "pop bottle method." This technique was tested with tablets.
Therefore, you might get too much or too little medication on your spoon. Ask your pharmacist for a spoon, medicine cup, medicine dropper, or a syringe without a needle meant specifically for measuring medications.
Your pharmacist can show you how to properly use these.