Ostomy and medication absorbtion

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   Posted 12/9/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know why my pills are in my bag? Sometimes they pass thru and sometimes they don't or I don't see them anyway

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   Posted 12/9/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Extended released pills will not be absorbed by those of us with ileostomies since they're designed to be absorbed by the large intestine. If you can, try and fish one out and see if it's just the shell or if the entire pill is intact. You may have to ask your doctor for different meds or a liquid form.

Good luck.
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   Posted 12/9/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Some meds take time to absorb and they aren't in there long enough. So maybe not getting full dose.

Some meds have a coating that leaks the meds out and there is a shell left that comes thru and looks whole but isn't. that's what my Dr. told me anyway.

I phoned pharmacy and they actually called manufactures and asked all about a new drug I was given. They were very helpful and nice about the whole thing.
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   Posted 12/9/2009 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
if its a regular pill with a score mark you can cut it in half so it will absorb faster, thats what i do with mine.
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   Posted 12/9/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
My pain pills and antidepressant were XR and CR and both came out whole. I took a pencil and tapped my pill when I was in the hospital and my doc said it was the case but it was solid.
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