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Carers UK Forum • taking medication
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taking medication

Posted: Mon May 03, 2010 9:41 pm
by jac
My wife has a problem swallowing her medication and takes her tablets broken up with yogurt. This is ok at home and also when we are out for a day. The problem arises when we are on holiday and regfrigeration is not always available.The other problem is this particular yogurt is the only one she will take. Has anyone else have a similar problem and any suggestions?

Hi Jac, we have the

Posted: Mon May 03, 2010 10:35 pm
by paulingreece
Hi Jac, we have the same problem, we tend to break them up between 2 spoons and add it to a drink of water or milk. Works just as well.

Hi Jac What about one of

Posted: Mon May 03, 2010 10:36 pm
by susieq
Hi Jac

What about one of those little mini 'camping' fridges - Argos do a couple that are very small (hold a couple of 1pt cartons of milk or 4 - 5 cans of drink). I bought one to leave in my flat for my odd visits home after I had emptied the fridge/freezer as I just wanted to keep some milk to hand for when I'm back there for a few hours.

Here's the link to the one in Argos

http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/store ... INI+FRIDGE

they plug into the mains or into your car cigarette lighter.

(here's a picture of mine to compare the size to a full size fridge !)


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taking medication

Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 12:48 am
by jac
Hi Jac, we have the same problem, we tend to break them up between 2 spoons and add it to a drink of water or milk. Works just as well.
Thank you I wil try to convince my wife to try this. She is very set in her ways which is a big part of her mental health problems.

taking medication

Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 1:04 am
by jac
Thanks SusieQ.

I have thought of this but wondered if I would be allowed to use it in our hotel room, due to health and safety issues. I have even considered buying one of these portable battery charger/powerpacks as a power source to keep ithe fridge in the car, but there may be a safety issue there as well This also rules out travelling by bus/train which I would prefer.

My question was more leaning towards an alternative method of getting my wife to take her tablets. Taking the liquid equivalent of the largest tablet was eventually rejected after many months. Her mindset dictates a particular yogurt and no other. Thanks again

Hi jac How about trying some

Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 8:43 am
by Jimbo
Hi jac

How about trying some of those small pots of custard, they don't need to be kept in a fridge! I know it's not yogurt but your wife might like to give it a go, if it works they also do creamed rice that doesn't need a fridge. Perhaps you could try it out, it might take a while for (Mrs Jac) to get used to it but could be worth persevering with.


If all else fails a cool bag and some 'freezer blocks' could work if you pre arranged with the hotel for them to go in their freeze. You would need, say 2 block, in the cool bag and 2 in the freezer, and swap them around every day.

Although it might be easier to ask the hotel if they would put them in their fridge for you. You could also ask how they feel about you bring your own mini fridge.

taking medication

Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 4:30 pm
by jac
Hello jimbo,

Thanks for that. Custard and rice have been suggested already and would have been the answer but Mrs Jac being Mrs Jac declined. I'll take on your other suggestions on board.

Thanks again [/b]

Jac,if we stay in a

Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 4:38 pm
by Lazydaisy
Jac,if we stay in a hotel, we ensure a fridge is always available, as my husbands insulin has to be kept in a fridge. just let your hotel know, and they should put one ready for you,or you could take a small thermos flask and buy some yoghurt each day to put in there, and just wash it out each morning, before buying more.
Good luck.

Jac I know were you'r comming

Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 4:42 pm
by Jimbo
Jac

I know were you'r comming from, Mrs Jimbo can be a little like that too Image

Re: taking medication

Posted: Tue May 04, 2010 8:17 pm
by paulingreece
Hi Jac, we have the same problem, we tend to break them up between 2 spoons and add it to a drink of water or milk. Works just as well.
Thank you I wil try to convince my wife to try this. She is very set in her ways which is a big part of her mental health problems.
We had terrible problems because of my daughters autism, she would only drink from a certain cup, any other cup would held but not drunk from, it took us 6 years to get her to finally drink from any cup, next time your wife has a drink, crush the tablet into it and say nothing, when she asks for her tablet, tell her she has just had it, it sounds nasty to do this but it helps them see there are other ways to take the tablets, it takes time and patience, good luck and best wishes.