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Bluz4Greeny
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   Posted 11/4/2007 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again its me again ,Question? If I have a hard time disolving pills, such as vitamins , and I don't want to lose any, what is the best I can get that I  know will stay in my system longer, so I don't become vitamin deficient? I can't  break down the pills and they come out whole, also the meds I was on before for my crohns/colitis I can't take because they are either controled release, or time release and now I have nothing to protect my small intetine. Bluz 
Illnesses; crohns, ulcerative colitis, ibs, barretts, gerd hiatal hernia, acid reflux, May8, 2007 lost my entire large intestine due to crohns, obstuction, and an abcess


JudyK89
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   Posted 11/4/2007 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
This is something you need to discuss with your doctor, especially if your maintenance meds for your Crohn's aren't being digested. You will need to change your meds.

The vitamins you can get in a liquid form.

Have you had your nutritional blood panels done to see if you're deficient in anything? Vitamin B12, D, C, Iron, etc....?
Judy
49 years old, Crohn's Disease   
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicadeback on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


Bluz4Greeny
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   Posted 11/4/2007 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Judy, Well the last visit I had with my G.I. doctor was if this medicine doesn't work there is nothing else I can give you, unless I have a flare up and he said something about edocort. so in the mean while I am trying to keep myself as healthy as possible, and if that means taking liquid vitamins, which I appreciate you telling me about, I will do it. I'm just trying to figure out what is best for me, so I can keep it in instead of Stella spitting it out for me :-) Bluz
Illnesses; crohns, ulcerative colitis, ibs, barretts, gerd hiatal hernia, acid reflux, May8, 2007 lost my entire large intestine due to crohns, obstuction, and an abcess


Amey
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   Posted 11/4/2007 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Bluz,

I take all of my vitamins in liquid or chewable form...not because of my ostomy...I have always had a "thing" about taking pills. I do not like to swollow them..YUCK! My multi-vitamin is chewable and everything else is liquid....chewable vit. C, liquid B and B12 and so on. In worse case, I will smash my pills between two metal spoons and then mix them with a small amount of juice. I know it takes nasty and chaulky but it works.

Good Luck!
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


peggy113
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   Posted 11/4/2007 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Bluz,

I also have issues taking some pills and them coming out undigested. Many times I find myself cutting pills in 1/2 (I check with the pharmacist first). Even a Tylenol extra strength caplet has passed thru whole. I do break those in 1/2 now.

I have found also that I have pretty good luck with liquid gels. At this point, the only vitamin that I cannot absorb is Vit B12 and that is because I no longer have the part of the intestine this one is absorbed in. I have been self injecting every 2 weeks since July 1984 - my levels have been fine. I'm having some similar issues with vit D and just recently began taking a really high potency RX liquid gel once a week to raise those levels.

I have worked very closely with my GI over the years when I need to take any other drugs. Ileostomates who have a short digestive tract are not good candidates for any timed released drugs. Sometimes he forgets and I always have to remind him that I am "speeecial"!!! Keep a good line of communication with your GI.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


JudyK89
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   Posted 11/5/2007 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Bluz4Greeny said...
Hi Judy, Well the last visit I had with my G.I. doctor was if this medicine doesn't work there is nothing else I can give you, unless I have a flare up and he said something about edocort. :-) Bluz
What medications are you taking?  I know some people who take Pentassa think they aren't digesting it because they see the pill, but it's really just the "shell" of the pill, the insides ARE being digested.  I'm not sure if all the ASA type pills work the same way. 
 
And I'm not sure why he can't give you anything else, different doctors  give different medications for maintenance, many drugs can be used that way. 
Judy
49 years old, Crohn's Disease   
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicadeback on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


Bluz4Greeny
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   Posted 11/5/2007 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried Pentasa but I had to take the capsule and open them up and pour them in applesauce , the problem was that I couldn't dissolve them and they would [the med inside the capsule] come out into my bag sharp shards and I wasn't benifitting from the med because it was coming out right after I took it. So the doctor told me along with the pharmasist stop taking it . I even chewed the med in the applesauce both told me not to do that becuse of its properties, being a controlled/time release. I really wish they would come out with something for people like me and other ostomites that are the same way, you know what I mean? Bluz

Illnesses; crohns, ulcerative colitis, ibs, barretts, gerd hiatal hernia, acid reflux, May8, 2007 lost my entire large intestine due to crohns, obstuction, and an abcess


Bluz4Greeny
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Total Posts : 60
   Posted 11/7/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I went out and got viactive multi-vitamin, the chewables,  i figure what the heck I want to be as heathy  as possible plus I drink the vitamin waters here and there. So I thought I would let yo all know the news I took a step in taking good care of myself inside and out. yeay me! Bluz yeah
Illnesses; crohns, ulcerative colitis, ibs, barretts, gerd hiatal hernia, acid reflux, May8, 2007 lost my entire large intestine due to crohns, obstuction, and an abcess

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