Illeostomy question

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bucknrut23
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   Posted 7/1/2011 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a relatively new illeostomy.  I've noticed my daily medications have passed through without disolving.  I tried breaking them up hoping they would disolve faster without the coatings.  I take a sugar pill called Actos.  I do random finger sticks once or twice a week.  I've noticed my sugar is up and did sticks twice a day for two days with the same higher results.  Are there any better solutions?

summerstorm
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   Posted 7/2/2011 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
some stuff takes a while to digest, and you have a shorter transit time now.  Sometimes i see stuff come out 30 minutes after i put it in!  and the big pills sometimes do that, the best thing is to either get a chewable, liquid or sublingual version.  If you can't and your pill is scored, try breaking it up into small pieces.  But ones with coatings shouldnt be broken.  You also should not take slow release pills, like the ones that say they last all day.  i have better luck with geltabs.  I'm not sure what Actos is, but you should ask your dr if there is a different form you can take.
 

Another UC wife
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   Posted 7/2/2011 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
summer is totally correct...definitely need "fast acting" meds. My husband is on so few now and they seem to be all ok. Recently advised to take B12 and I did pick up the sub lingual form.

Go over it with your doctor and remember in the future any meds that are prescribed be sure to tell the Dr or remind him/her of your ileostomy and it cannot be enteric coated or slow/timed release.
Wife of 64 yr old male suffered with UC & in May 06 had a severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 (total proctocolectomy & ileostomy - unable to have the j-pouch) & now pain free

bucknrut23
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   Posted 7/2/2011 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info.  I also changed my routine which seems to have slowed down the high sugar readings.  I used to take my meds first thing when I first got up shaved and brushed my teeth.  I now wait until about 15 minutes after a good meal, so something is blocking the way so to speak, giving them much more time to disolve.  This is all new to me, so it is all trial and error.  I was just worried about my blood sugar really spiking over the holiday week-end.  But it seems more under control now.  Any help is really appreciated though and I'll get with my Doctor as soojn as possible.
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