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   Posted 7/18/2010 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Right now I am taking the chewable calcium tablets and kids chewable vitamins...Flintstones. I was told the regular, horse sized vitamins may come out in the ostomy bag...I sure don't want that to happen. Any suggestions? I would like to take extra B12. My surgeon never mentioned taking vitamins.

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   Posted 7/18/2010 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
  I have a prob. too with pills and vitamins.  So I take the sub-lingual or liquid try that...  My multivitamin does dissolve and I take a sub of the B hope this helps..
Leslie King
  1984 Tubligation  1992 Diagnosed with Thyroid tumor    
1993 Gallbladder Removed  1997 Hysterectomy  1998 Carpol Tunnel 
 1999 Spinal Cord Surgery for a Anacroid Syst
2001 Lower Lumbar Fusion L4-5  
2003 Sigmoid Colon Resection
 2006 Right Knee Replacement 2005 Breast Reduction
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   Posted 7/18/2010 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I take the regular horse pill vitamins and they dissolve fine for me.
21 y/o male livin' in Georgia. Diagnosed with Left-Sided Colitis in 2002; re-diagnosed with Pancolitis in Nov. 2009.
June 2010 I beat UC by having surgery.
Drugs tried: Just about every 5ASA medicine, enemas, prednisone, turmeric, fish oil, Remicade, psyllium seed powder, Metamucil.
Unable to take 6MP.
Step one of Jpouch surgery - 6/2/2010
Readmitted back to hospital because of blockage (my fault cause I ate Steak n Shake 3 days after being released from surgery) - 6/10/2010
Step two of Jpouch surgery - 9/?/2010

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   Posted 7/18/2010 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
i use chewable flintstones and i was taking chewable calcium but now i cant find it again, but anyway i take a big calcium pill and a big B vitamin, and then a sublingual b12
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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   Posted 7/18/2010 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I take a Centrum multivitamin pill every day and use a sublingual B-Complex liquid. I just got my bloodwork done and was not deficient in any vitamins or minerals, so they must be absorbing. :-)
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

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   Posted 7/18/2010 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I do childrens chewable multivitamin and liquid calcium and IM b-12...there really is no way to know until you try real pills!

B-12 won't absorb naturally if you are missing your Terminal Ileum which is why some of us have to give ourselves injections.

Birth Control is another pill to be concerned about being absorbed (if used).
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008

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   Posted 7/19/2010 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Centrim (sp?) makes vitamins in liquid form, the one I tried after my ostomy reversal was lemon scented. Didn't taste too bad. I remember scouring the named brand multi-vitamin section and found Centrim's liquid version on the very top shelf above their regular products. I had to search for it though, there was only one row of them. If I recall correctly the adult dose was 1 tablespoon per day but I worked my way to that. I started with 1 tsp. and then eventually took the full dose. I didn't know what was going to happen to my insides when I took it so I wanted to go easy at first.

Also, Geritol has always offered their vitamin in liquid form but it's nasty tasting and might give you D.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg + Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/Critical Care/80 Billion daily

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