Have you tried FLAVORx?

by Janice

(This is a comment and win post! We will be giving away free product to FIVE of our commenters – so keep reading and find out if you want to be one of them! Guess what – Canadians can enter too!)

A few months ago I got an email from FLAVORx asking if I would review their new product FlavorIt and let you all know what I thought.

I laughed and wrote back saying that there was no need to send me a sample! I am already a dedicated FLAVORx customer and had been meaning to post one day to let you all know the secret to getting your kids to take their medicine.

WHAT exactly is FLAVORx and why do I want to tell you about it?

FLAVORx is a behind-the-counter system that is available at pharmacies. It uses medically designed and scientifically tested flavorings to combat the bad taste of liquid medicines. All of the flavorings are FDA approved – AND moms and dads – THEY work!

Let me tell you how I know…

Since my son was an infant, he has refused to take medication. (We are talking gagging, spitting and even projectile vomiting!) At times I even had to resort to giving him suppositories when he had a fever because no matter what I tried, I could not get liquid medicine to go down his throat (and stay there!) When he was two I would explain to him that he needed to swallow it or else I would have to give him the medicine “the other way.” He would choose “the other way” because he hated the medicine THAT much! Needless to say, this was traumatizing for BOTH of us. I mean really!!! That is just NOT something you want to do! But when your child is burning up with fever, you don’t have a choice! (Fortunately I eventually found one brand of chewable ibuprofen with one particular flavor that I could get him to take – but I never had luck finding an acetaminophen that he would tolerate.)

So a year and a half ago Jackson needed some antibiotics. The doctor warned me that it was especially nasty, bitter stuff. “Great,” I thought, “I better buy a lot of chocolate to try to bribe and chase this stuff down.”

But when I went into the pharmacy, the rep for FLAVORx was installing the new system for the pharmacists. The pharmacist looked at the prescription and warned me that this was not going to be easy. Then her face lit up with an idea. “Would you be interested in trying this new flavoring system? We haven’t used it yet – you would be the first.”

“OF COURSE I would be interested!!!!” So the rep took my son’s medication and started adding drops of bitterness suppressants and flavor. The pharmacist then handed the potion over. We looked at Jackson our little test bunny (there was not a better tester for such an idea than him!) and I poured him his dose.

Remember that old Life commercial with Mikey, “He likes – he really likes it!” Yup – that is what happened. My kid LOVED it!

(The only problem that I had now was listening to him whining for his next dose of medication and begging for just a bit more! But let me tell you – that was a much better problem to have!)

That pharmacy now has my absolute devotion. I will not fill my son’s prescriptions anywhere else.

So if you are filling liquid prescriptions for your children, the lesson here is – look for a pharmacy that carries FLAVORx. You will be so glad you did!

BUT, this company is too smart! Now you can have the flavorings at home too to fix any other medicines or unpleasant liquids. The company has come out with a do it yourself kit called FlavorIt. It comes with everything you need to help save the day and get medicine in your child. (You can use it for yourself too – there is no shame in it!)

FlavorIt is only for sale so far in the US, but I am in Canada and like I said, some of our pharmacies do have the behind the counter FLAVORx. My pharmacist has told me that they will fix over the counter medications like fever reducers as well. So just look for a pharmacy that carries FLAVORx!

If you want to try FlavourIt, leave us a comment and we will randomly draw FIVE winners from the commenters on Wednesday night just before midnight Eastern. I will post the winners Thursday morning.

You are not required to link back to this contest although you might want to so you can let your readers know. They might want a chance to try FlavorIt too.

Good luck!



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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 problem girl April 23, 2007 at 8:54 am

We use this whenever we get my son’s allergy medication. It’s the only way he’ll take it. This is really great stuff!

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2 Heather April 23, 2007 at 9:04 am

Wow. Luckily my 10 month old takes medication with no fuss (he’s had zantac & others since early on.) But my 3 year old is a different story! He doesn’t like any of it. I’d love some of this product!

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3 Girl Gone Wild April 23, 2007 at 9:24 am

I’ve heard about this, but have never tried it. With flu’s and cold’s going around our house this week, I SOOOOO wish I had it. I’m even getting tired of the so-called “yummalisious grape”!

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4 Twisted Cinderella April 23, 2007 at 9:24 am

I’ll definitely have to ask my pharmasict about this. Little Princess hates medicine.

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5 Bridget April 23, 2007 at 9:31 am

Medicine my child will LOVE? That is definitely a product worth trying! I will definitely be looking out for that product. Thanks for the tip!

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6 Karen April 23, 2007 at 9:54 am

I tried it once for Boo’s meds about a year ago and he loved it too!!!

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7 Susan April 23, 2007 at 9:58 am

Too bad they didn’t have this when my kids were little…it sounds great! Any hints for getting an older kid to swallow pills (even little ones!) Thank goodness for chewables!

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8 T with Honey April 23, 2007 at 10:12 am

If only they had created this system when I was little! I learned to swallow pills whole at the early age of 3 just so I wouldn’t have to taste the liquid stuff.

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9 Homemom3 April 23, 2007 at 10:43 am

I have three kids that HATE medicine, and it is a struggle for me to try giving it to them. The last time my (at the time) 9 year old fought me over it, I had to literally hold him down. Ikkk. My 6 year old will spit it right back out. Talk about disgusting. The other I think is learning from her older siblings. I’d love a chance at trying this out and seeing if it works for them the next time. It would be much better than cleaning up the mess of medicine afterwards.

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10 Heidi April 23, 2007 at 10:43 am

Wow~ this sounds fantastic!
My 6 year old daughter is great at taking medicine. However, she has asthma that gets really bad at times and they put her on liquid steroids. That stuff tastes absolutely horrible and I hate when I have to give it to her! I’m always saying “why can’t they make it taste better?!” This just might be the solution.
Thanks for sharing!

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11 Linda April 23, 2007 at 10:55 am

This sounds great! My kids are both terrible at taking medications. For the longest time, my son was okay, but now he refuses and the only way to get it in him is to do the “medicine pin-down” which means he’s on the floor, between my legs (head at crotch) and arms under my thighs. This is a hit or miss proposition, though, because he can STILL gag it up. And my daughter who is 6 still fusses about meds….

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12 Carrie April 23, 2007 at 11:10 am

This is good to hear!! I keep seeing it advertised in the drug store but just didn’t know how good it was. My daughter takes quite a few meds daily for her disease but she takes them well. Although, she HATES the flavor. Thanks so much for this review!

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13 Shera April 23, 2007 at 11:11 am

I’m so glad that you shared detailed information about this product with us! I saw a flyer on a pharmacy window about it and had no idea what it was all about and no pharmacist has ever offered to use it for us. We have to do a lot of meds around here through RSV season and rarely have a week where someone isn’t on something!

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14 michelle April 23, 2007 at 11:26 am

I have seen this but havent tried it yet. And what a great way to see how it works. Count me in!

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15 Linda April 23, 2007 at 11:28 am

I would love to try this!

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16 Jill H. April 23, 2007 at 11:34 am

Wow, I NEED to try this DD has been an absolute terror to medicate….and the docs act like “here mom just squrt it down just so”…and that you’re a bad mom for having trouble! Off to see if any of my local pharmacies have this…

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17 Race Mom April 23, 2007 at 12:37 pm

What a phenomenally cool idea! I have gotten more than my fair share of liquid RX showers!

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18 Lisa Knight April 23, 2007 at 12:44 pm

I needed this the last time the boy had Penicillin, I could barely stomach the stuff.

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19 Caley April 23, 2007 at 12:45 pm

I just got a prescription filled for my 22-month-old this morning. I got about 3/4 of the dose down his throat before he spit most of it out all over himself and me and refused to take the rest. I didn’t know something like FLAVORx existed but I am soooo glad to be in the know now!

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20 Frog Princess April 23, 2007 at 12:45 pm

Boy do I wish they had this when i was a kid! It sounds great. Our two little ones have yet to need any medication other than infant Tylenol! And they both love that…but there will be a day!

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21 Michelle B. April 23, 2007 at 12:52 pm

I have seen this recently at Walmart and was wondering about it. I would love to try this. I have a son that is very difficult to get medicine into. If this works it would be great.

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22 Yukon girl April 23, 2007 at 12:57 pm

Hi Janice, I’m not sure if they have FLAVORx in the Yukon. I’ll have to check. If not, I guess I’ll just have to win the contest ;) The boys say hi to Jackson. We miss you!

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23 Lani from The Wooden Porch April 23, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Wow! That’s awesome! My daughter had to have 10 rounds of antibiotics before she was one year old (on top of 9 rounds while I was pregnant, red flag there??) She hated the stuff and I used to have to sit on her to get her to take it. It was terrible. I really could have used that! Even still, now I have a baby boy who isn’t so crazy about medicine.

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24 CPA Mom and Soccer Mom Angela April 23, 2007 at 1:38 pm

Oh, I’d love to try this!

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25 Erna April 23, 2007 at 4:49 pm

Interesting concept! I wonder if this is what they use in my daughter’s medicine. Although, if they’re spoiled with this is there any turning back? LOL! Sounds interesting to me.

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26 Becca April 23, 2007 at 4:56 pm

I’d love to give it a try.

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27 laughing mommy April 23, 2007 at 5:06 pm

I’d like to try it. My 4 year old daughter resists taking medicines. It got so bad at one point I called the doctor, crying, and they said to strap her in her carseat so she coudln’t get away and squirt it in her mouth!

This could be just what I’m looking for. Thanks!

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28 MommaBlogger April 23, 2007 at 5:22 pm

I used to use it when my son had to take reflux meds. He loved it.

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29 PT-LawMom April 23, 2007 at 5:33 pm

This sounds great, although I worry a bit about them begging for more. My son already begs for Cherry-flavored Tylenol to chase his yucky Zyrtec! ;)

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30 lacey April 23, 2007 at 6:22 pm

I saw this in the store and was wondering what it was but I was yanked away by my 2 year old niece on a mad dash for the toy section. I would love to win this for my niece who refuses to take meds.

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31 annaliza April 23, 2007 at 7:02 pm

fortunately, my kids didn’t have a traumatizing resistance to bad tasting medication. however, i DO believe this prescription mask is a great invention! it’s one of those things i wish i invented!! hehe!!

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32 jen April 23, 2007 at 8:03 pm

what a great product
I know medicine can be a real chore to give to children so this is wonderful

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33 Jenn April 23, 2007 at 8:52 pm

We love it – in meds we get at the pharmacist it’s the ONLY way Zachary will tolerate meds, and sometimes even with it he will not :(

I cant wait to see if I can find flavorit here – OMG that’s awesome – WOW! :D

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34 Lauren April 23, 2007 at 10:18 pm

Wow- that sounds awesome!

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35 Kim April 23, 2007 at 10:18 pm

I’d love to try this with my daughter’s cough medicine. The kind that works tastes just awful. I can barely stand to take it when I need it.

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36 Charis April 23, 2007 at 10:34 pm

Oh, I have heard of this, but never tried it! You have inspired me to try it!

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37 The Pumkin Patch April 23, 2007 at 10:34 pm

Been wanting to try that! :D

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38 Alexis April 23, 2007 at 11:57 pm

I’ve used this before. I love love love it.

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39 Dana April 24, 2007 at 8:34 am

My son HATES to take liquid medicine…I would love to try this. (I might even try it myself…) – ha ha

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40 Chrissy April 24, 2007 at 9:06 am

I’ve never tried this before. Should come in very handy. guess I should call my local pharmacy to see if they offer it.

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41 chris April 24, 2007 at 10:17 am

I’ve flavored this for my kids before, but last month i told my father to try flavoring his medicine ( i think it was called Fleets) before his colonoscopy. He said that FLAVORx took away the bitter and salty taste.

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42 Karla Meachem April 24, 2007 at 10:56 am

WoW! Jackson sounds identical to our son! I am so thankful they have found an alternative to help administering meds more easily. Not sure my son would be as willing to try this solution as I would be…but it would be worth a shot!

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43 Tiffanie April 24, 2007 at 12:01 pm

WOW that would be so much better. My daughter will not take pills. She’s ten and just plain won’t do it. She won’t even try. We have an even worse time trying to get her to take her liquid medicine. My son also takes Zantac every day for acid reflux and will spit the stuff out. He’s two and this is something he HAS to take everyday or he’s has tummy pain. That would make our lives so much easier! Yeah!!

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44 Kris April 24, 2007 at 1:13 pm

That is such a smart idea! I knew that they used the flavor addition at my pharmacy, but to be able to do it for OTC meds too? The cost of no more whinning when taking meds…PRICELESS!!!

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45 Urailak April 24, 2007 at 1:42 pm

Thanks for letting us know about this product. It sounds wonderful.

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46 Lory April 24, 2007 at 2:57 pm

Unlike everything my kids see on tv, THIS is something we could really USE! My daughter does fine with meds but my son–gags, coughs, spits–whatever it takes. We’ve got to try this!

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47 Jasmine April 24, 2007 at 5:50 pm

Wow… neat-o. I’m certainly curious to try something like this.

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48 Nikki April 24, 2007 at 5:51 pm

Wow! I didn’t know this kind of thing was available to the public. I’ve seen pharmacies that provide flavored meds though. Please enter me in your drawing. :)

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49 Jo April 24, 2007 at 7:58 pm

I saw these at the store the other day and thought “What a great idea!”.

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50 christieo April 24, 2007 at 11:37 pm

yay!!! i was always wondering if there would be something like this out there! sweet!!!!!

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51 Celeste April 24, 2007 at 11:54 pm

Brook takes pills now except for yucky cough stuff!

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52 Multiple Hats April 25, 2007 at 4:33 pm

I have heard of this, but don’t know of a pharmacy in my area that carries it – I wish!

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53 carolina guardiola bogarin July 9, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Please let me know how can I buy flavorlt.
I need it for my kid as soon as possible!
Thanks,
carolina

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54 Chad July 23, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Chad from FLAVORx here. This is in response to Carolina. We just came out with a new product called Pill Glide – essentially the new and improved Flavorit. It’s designed to help kids swallow tablets and capsules, but it will work for liquids too. It’s a flavored spray that covers the taste buds to mask bad tastes, and helps pills glide down (hmmm, where did we come up with the name?). You can find out more here…www.pillglide.com. Good luck!

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55 JoAnne Warehime July 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm

my mom is a hospice patient and even though the doctor put her on a liquid antibiotic (levaquin) it still has a bad taste to it, and she spits most of it out. I think flavorit would really help with this problem. The hospice uses a closed pharmacy so I cant just walk in and ask for so flavoring.
Thank you and God Bless

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56 Lisa April 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm

How do I find this product in Canada? I live in London and have looked all over! Please help!
Lisa

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