How to Take Oral Medications

Many medications are given orally both to adults and to children. Many individuals need help when it comes to taking oral medications either in measuring them or in taking them. Adults sometimes have difficulty-swallowing pills and babies do not understand how to swallow a pill so they need special delivery systems such as drops, gels and liquids. If you ask your pharmacists you will be told that there are over 25 different oral medication dispensers that are designed and available to make the tasks of measuring and taking oral medications simpler.

The many oral medication dispensers that are available at your local pharmacy make measuring oral medications easier. There are medication spoons, oral syringes, droppers, teaspoon droppers and other dispensers.


Liquid medicine spoons make it easier to measure and give liquid oral medications. The oral medication dispensers are designed to make giving oral medications easier, with no spills and accurate dosing. There are usually different types of oral medication dispensers that are designed for specific purposes. Some have hooks for hanging so you always have them handy, they come calibrated in teaspoons or milliliters, some even come with a handy cleaning brush.

They are usually made of plastic and are see through so you can see the liquid medicine through the dispenser, which makes seeing the dosage line easier. Some are made with a no spill cap so that if you have to carry the spoon after you have measured the liquid, it won’t spill with the cap on. Most are made to be dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Oral Syringes

Oral syringes are designed to make taking medicine easier and to help make measuring as accurate as possible. Syringes are helpful for giving oral medications to infants or to those who have difficulty swallowing. They are usually designed to be able to draw the medication right from the bottle, have tight fitting caps that ensure spill-proof carrying. They come in different sizes (1ml, 3ml, 5ml, 10ml and 20ml) and are usually calibrated in both MLs and teaspoons.

There are even oral syringes that allow medication to be placed at the back of the throat to avoid the taste buds (they have soft flexible tips). Some come with cleaning brushes. You may also be able to find a Medicine nurser that is shaped like a nipple that the baby can suck to draw the medicine into the mouth.

Individuals who have difficulty swallowing liquids or they can use pill cups that make it easier to swallow pills. They have a ledge that the pill or liquid is placed on and then a liquid is put into the bottom of the cup, so that the individual drinks the cup and the liquid and the pill or liquid medicine comes out at the same time.

Droppers are either glass or impact resistant plastic droppers and are designed for spill prevention and accurate dosage. They are useful for both infants and young children. They usually come in both calibrated and non-calibrated. They are usually see through for easy dosing.