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Trigirl
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   Posted 10/30/2009 5:17 AM (GMT -6)   
SO maybe everyone but me already knows this, but I had to get a new medication that comes time release. I saw a couple of times this strange little square and couldn't figure out what it was. Then it hit. that's the shape of the new pill I was taking.

I phoned the pharmacy to ask about it since my GP just gave me some trial size to try for a few weeks. She had no idea and phoned the pharmaceutical company. (That's going the extra mile in my book) Then phoned me back twice (I am hard to get a hold of) to let me know all about it.

Turns out that time release needs time to move thru the digestive system and time release it's a great idea for ostomates. I may get half of what I take initially. Need to go back for better plan but for ow at least I have some answers.

Have a great day you guys, one and all!!
This heights by great men reached and kept, were not obtained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
H.W. Longfellow
Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
Colon/rectal cancer removed Aug 2009
Trying


privey
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   Posted 10/30/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had that problem also.  When  I was in the hospital they gave me Oxycotin and it would be in my ileo bag.  I told the doc and he said that it was probably just the casing.  One day when he came in I had one in my bag and I took a pencil and poked it and it was solid so I had gone almost 2 weeks w/out any pain med.  No wonder I felt so bad.  Anyway he put me on a liquid pain med.  Then came the Effexor XR, a whole bunch of little white balls were in my bag.  I showed those to the doc and he said you know that is what is in that capsule.  He didn't change anything...I would have thought my system needed to absorb those tiny white balls to help with depression.  Now I'm on Effexor and it isn't XR and isn't a capsule, it is the old kind and you know what???  I'm feeling better.  Sometimes docs just amaze me and not for the good either!!!  More times than not it seems like I'm doing self DX here and I tell him what I think but it takes him weeks or months to decided if I'm right or wrong....crazy I tell you!!!
Cathy

summerstorm
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   Posted 10/30/2009 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
ANytime i have a med that is scored i cut it in half and take it that way, it works better
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 10/30/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
be careful with birth control pills, too, they can come out whole and since they're so small you might not realize it:(

summerstorm
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   Posted 10/30/2009 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
yes thats true, an IUD would probably be a better choice for someone with an osotmy
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-


esoR
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   Posted 10/30/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Liquid meds and non-enteric coated pills are best for ileostomates I was told and so far experience has shown. A test for a pill is to drop it in water, if it dissolves rapidly, it would be good for you. Rose

Alittlelighter34
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   Posted 11/2/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the same problem with Ambien CR, and my surgeon prescribed it to me not more than 5 minutes after explaining that coated pills or time release tablets don't work very well with ostomy patients. He must have had a senior moment!

Frank R.
10 years of Indeterminate Colitis, and total procto-colectomy with ileostomy on 10/16/09! SO far so good!


privey
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   Posted 11/2/2009 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
The other pill that doesn't absorb well is Effexor XR capsules.  When I took those there would be a bunch of little bitty balls floating around.  They switched me to Effexor Generic not the extended release and there aren't any pills in my bag.  I asked my doc if those little balls shouldn't be in me instead of the bag and he didn't do anything for a long time.  It was like I was on an antidepressant but it wasn't working.  I am noticing a difference now in my depression.  I'm actually doing better...cathy

Trigirl
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   Posted 11/2/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for all the reponses and info. I will try the drop in water trick. Have decided to mash up pills for now until I see my Dr. this week. Don't know what is suggestion might be.
This heights by great men reached and kept, were not obtained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
H.W. Longfellow
Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
Colon/rectal cancer removed Aug 2009
Trying


Lyonene
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   Posted 11/2/2009 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the pharmacist put into the computer that I can't take any extended release or enteric coated pills from now on.  At least now they won't dispense them to me, they'll get the right stuff before I pay for it and it doesn't work.

Trigirl
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   Posted 11/3/2009 4:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Great Idea!! How are you doing Lyonene?
This heights by great men reached and kept, were not obtained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
H.W. Longfellow
Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
Colon/rectal cancer removed Aug 2009
Trying


flchurchlady
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   Posted 11/6/2009 3:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Trigirl,
I'm glad you brought this up. I learned this the hard way, too, and found out on this site why some pills were coming out whole. Why don't our doctors tell us these things?? Now, I always check the label of over-the-counter meds to make sure they don't have the letters ER on them, which stands for Extended Release.

Lyonene,
That was smart to have the pharmacist flag that in the computer for you.

Hope you all are doing well!

:-) Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

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