Allergy pills not being absorbed?

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geminisunset
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   Posted 9/14/2009 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a temp perm ileostomy, and I have been noticing that my Zyrtec-D tablets are going right through me. They look like they absorbed water (they are squishable - sorry to be gross) but they are almost the same size as when I took them a few hours before. Does anyone have any suggestions?
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006  Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
1st Surgery for J-Pouch: May 22, 2009 - need 2 more surgeries, dates TBD
Medications: Canasa Rowasa enemas; Lialda; Prednisone; Protonix; Remicade; Zyrtec-D; Toprolvarious pain meds post-surgery;
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex
Current Status: Aug, 2009 - Recovering from the 1st stage of J-Pouch surgery; temp ileostomy; 2 more surgeries to go as there was too much damage to create a J-pouch


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 9/14/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
gemini--those are the extended release, right? If so, ostomates do not absorb E/R pills well...like you experienced, they usually show up undigested shocked You should be okay with the regular type, I've taken those and haven't had them come out undigested.

You'll need to remember that while you have your ileo, but one of the j-pouches will have to let you know if the same thing happens when you have a j-pouch.

summerstorm
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   Posted 9/14/2009 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
if you get the regular type, and htey are scored, cut them in half. I was having trouble with one of my meds not getting absorbed, so i cut the pills in half now they are fine
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-


Tom1
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   Posted 9/14/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem.  I bought a pill crusher at Walmart for $4.95.  Seems to be making a difference.  And yes, I was told not to take extended release pills.

geminisunset
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 153
   Posted 9/15/2009 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the responses. With the pill crusher, do you mix the crushed pill in a drink or something? Or do you just take it like you would normally take it? I have an appointment with my allergist on Thursday, so I will talk to her about my options for something that is NOT extended release.
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006  Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
1st Surgery for J-Pouch: May 22, 2009 - need 2 more surgeries, dates TBD
Medications: Canasa Rowasa enemas; Lialda; Prednisone; Protonix; Remicade; Zyrtec-D; Toprolvarious pain meds post-surgery;
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex
Current Status: Aug, 2009 - Recovering from the 1st stage of J-Pouch surgery; temp ileostomy; 2 more surgeries to go as there was too much damage to create a J-pouch

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