My Mom is 89 yrs. old, suffers from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (is not a good candidate for a shunt). She chews some of her pills, particularly the larger ones, including capsules. As some of these medications are intended to break down in the stomach (not the throat and esophagus) she is having throat/ esophagus issues after chewing the pills (sore throat, constant clearing, coughing). She has food with all her medications but it doesn't help. She knows that chewing the pills are causing these problems but she is unable to stop herself. As soon as certain pills go into her mouth, it automatically starts chewing, and telling her to stop chewing does no good. Her mouth seems to have a mind of its own. I'm concerned that serious damage is being done to her esophagus and throat because a few nights ago, she threw up and the vomit was the color of one of her larger pills. Any thoughts on how I can deal with this? She can't go without her medications.