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stayclassy812
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This may seem like something so far fetched although I don't know how best to calm a friend of mine of her worries. My friend is on the pill and she's been sick with the cold recently. After taking her pill, she was coughing and sneezing and is under the impression that its possible to somehow bring the pill back up again through a cough/sneeze. It wasn't like she was spitting out sputum with the cough or anything light that. Just a cough with a itchy/sore throat and a normal sneeze.

I told her that only diarrhea and vomiting could do that, as it is tied in with the digestive system and coughing and sneezing are connected with the respiratory system and they're two different things.

Could you please shed some light on this slightly weird issue? Thanks!

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Allie R
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I would tell her what you've already told her- the pill is traveling down her esophagus, which is part of the digestive system. Her cold symptoms pertain to her respiratory system. The pill dissolves, so unless she was experiencing vomiting or diarrhea- like you said- she has nothing to worry about.

She could read the manual that came with her pills (which will tell her that vomiting or diarrhea may decrease effectiveness) or speak to a doctor if she's not budging, though.

Hope this helps!

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Your explanation to your friend is exactly what I would have told you to tell her, so, there's really not anything more I can add to this. [Smile]

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Thanks so much, I wasn't sure if what I said was correct but it was something I learned in class and just applied it to the situation! I wanted to doublecheck in case I was giving the wrong information!

so long as she swallows the pill, then only diarrhea and vomiting could bring it up right--its ok to cough after she swallows the pill? because I know when one swallows, the epiglottis closes the entrance to the larynx preventing food from entering the lungs--thus preventing the two systems from mixing.

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Sounds about right, good job! [Smile]

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