Surprisingly, 17 pills a day is not hard to swallow.The hard part is remembering to take them all, on time: 7 pills when I wake. 1 pill mid-morning. 3 pills at noon. 1 pill mid-afternoon. 3 pills at dinner. 1 pill early evening. The last pill before bed. I have a dispensing device. But now I need a remembering device. Fortunately, they sell alarm pill timers. I just need to remember to buy one.