I've tried the 'throw your head back' trick, but my throat just constricts! I do have a tablet cutter/crusher which I use most of the time, but most leaflets state 'swallow whole'. I even asked for a liquid form penicillin recently, but it turned out that it contained aspartame which I avoid if at all possible and I did have a reaction to it. I was pleased to read a patient information leaflet just last week which actually acknowledged that there are people who have a problem with their capsules and they gave permission to take the capsule apart and drink the powder with liquid. Their proviso was not to crush the powder as it contained time release granules. I asked a nurse in hospital recently and she herself has difficulty, so was very sympathetic. She said that if splitting/crushing was not an option, than they would give an injection.