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Children and adults alike have issues with taking medication. It’s nothing to be ashamed about. Many liquids, pills, and chewable tablets have unpleasant bitter or medicinal flavors that are hard to stomach. That’s why here we talk about how to mask the bitter taste of medicine at home remedy.
Here Are Some Ways to Mask the Bitter Taste of Medicine
While the pharmaceutical industry is working on many improved taste masking solutions that improve the experience by masking the medicinal taste with flavors, sweeteners, and bitter receptor blockers, we can’t all wait around for these advances to take our medication. Here are a few ways to improve the unappealing taste of medicine at home.
The creaminess of ice cream is a terrific balancer to the flouriness of some liquid or chewable medications. The combination of smooth dairy can make certain medications much easier to stomach, and you get the bonus effect of numbing your taste buds with the chilliness of the frozen treat. For adults, saltiness is often a better masking agent for bitter flavors, but children usually have a better experience with sweetness, as they are biologically more drawn to these types of flavors, making ice cream the perfect choice for masking medicinal flavors. Just be sure your medication doesn’t interact poorly with dairy, as certain antibiotics and some other medications should not be taken with dairy products.
If you’re stuck taking a bitter liquid medication, mixing in a little flavored drink mix can sweeten it up just enough to swallow. Try this method with your favorite Kool-Aid powder, strawberry syrup, or sports drink powder to turn it into a sugary sweet treat. Some drugs can be mixed into an actual drink, but if you’re using that method, don’t disperse it in an entire glass or bottle. It may seem to make sense to water down the bitter medication with as much liquid as possible, but it can be difficult to finish an entire glass in one sitting, especially if you’re using this method on a young child or eldery patient.
Hiding medication in peanut butter is not just a trick you can pull with your dog. Peanut butter is known for sticking to the roof of your mouth, but it also has the benefit of coating your tongue, making medication harder to taste as it goes down. Dealing with peanut allergies? Any sort of spread should do the trick, but honey and maple syrup are also great options.
Block your nose
If all else fails, this tried and true method will always do the trick. We all know that foods lose their flavor when our noses are blocked, but why is that? The “flavor” of food actually comes from a combination of taste and smell. Our tongues can sense the type of flavor we’re tasting – spicy, salty, sweet – but our sense of smell is really what brings that flavor to life. Holding your nose is a great way to swallow even the worst-tasting medications.