When I was a young’un in secondary school, ‘popping pills’ was a phrase that really only came up in drugs awareness classes.
‘I want you all’, said the desperately-trying-to-be-hip teacher, ‘to write down as many phrases for taking drugs as you can.’
Nowadays, popping pills is something I do each and every day. Unfortunately, none of my pills are fun.
Currently, I have to take 16 pills a day. They break down like this:
- 200mg azathioprine – taken as four 50mg pills. These repress my immune system to stop it attacking my own intestines.
- 2g mesalazine – taken as four 500mg pills. These reduce inflammation in my intestines.
- 1.5g ursodeoxycholic acid – taken as six 250g tablets (to three times a day). These give me the bile acid that isn’t getting from my liver to my intestines.
- 1.2g calcium and vitamin D – taken as two 600mg suckable tablets (one morning, one evening). To stave off osteoporosis.
I have never been worried about taking my pills when others have been around, but I have heard this is a common issue. My take on it is that I have to take these pills and I am not going to let that interfere with the way I run my day.
If the easiest time to take my morning pills is when I am at work, then that is when I will take them – and I do. Sure, sometimes people look at the pile in front of me and ask if I should really be taking that many painkillers, but I can then just explain that I have various issues and these pills are what allows me to carry on coming into work.
I am so comfortable with my pill taking at work that I have even started a creative project with my empty pill strips. To date I have my mini-Dalek, of which I plan to make a much larger version.
My final note is just a small word of warning for anyone who happens to need to take some medication that comes in capsule form. Usually, the best way to take any pill is to put it in your mouth, take a swig of water from a bottle – for some reason using a bottle makes it much easier than a glass – flip your head back and swallow.
However, some capsule type pills have a little secret. They float. So when you flip your head back and expect the pill to sink into your throat, you find that it bobs about just behind your teeth. This makes it very hard to swallow via this method.
The best way with a floating pill is to slightly incline your head down before you swallow. It sounds odd, but it works.