Medicine Absorbtion

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   Posted 7/23/2007 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to take other meds for different health problems, and since i had surgery, it doesnt' seem like they are working as well.  I am wondering if maybe they aren't having enough time to break down and absorb into my system anymore?  has anyone else noticed this?

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   Posted 7/23/2007 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   

I have been in the hospital 3 times since my surgery for malabsorbtion.

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   Posted 7/23/2007 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
So it seems the answer is yes, lol.
I wonder what I can do about it? My neuroligist is an idiot and there is no telling what she is going to say! I probably just need to take more meds, more often.
thanks for the replies

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   Posted 7/24/2007 4:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Ileostomates won't absorb enteric coated or XR (Extended Release) tablets as these are designed to be absorbed in the large intestine and since we don't have one, then they're useless. You might absorb some of it, if you're lucky, but liquid forms of meds are often the best and most assured way of making sure you get the benefits.

For colostomates, it can be hit and miss, depending on how much bowel you have left.
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   Posted 7/24/2007 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
i don't know if its an enteric coated or not, it falls apart on your tounge, it's not like advil is, it's like the inside of tylenol, I was thinking that the liquid might be the best too, but that is gonna be super nasty! And a pain to take places, lol.

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   Posted 7/28/2007 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I had that issue with Oxycontin. The trouble continued even after my ostomy reversal withjust the Oxy. While I had my ostomy I did notice pills in the bag quite often more so in the early day as opposed to afternoon or night. It seems as though taking meds with milk on an empty stomach then eating after caused the meds to leave my body sooner than if I had eaten then taken meds.
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   Posted 7/28/2007 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I called the pharmacist and asked right before my Dr appt, did I mention that my Dr (actually a PA) is an idiot, cause she is! Anyway, my pharmacist at first wasn't sure, but then when i mentioned to her that sometimes things can go through in as little as 45 minutes to an hour, she said that definetlyy they wouldn't all get absorbed. My PA didn't understand what I was saying, she looked it up in a book and had to do all this crazy stuff before she would belive me!

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   Posted 7/29/2007 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
i take synthroid for my thryroid problems, and my levels there haven't changed at no absorbtion issues over here. good to know about the coated meds though...!

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   Posted 7/29/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I had to use a hormone patch instead of oral hormones for HRT. I had a complete hysterectomy and I was taking a ton of oral hormones but my symptoms were getting worse and worse. My male GYN just wanted to put me on an antidepressant instead of getting to the real problem, of course I fired him. Finally I found a new female GP who did some hormone tests and told me that in spite of the amounts of hormones I was taking, my body was screaming for estrogen. We switched to a patch, actually I tried 2 or 3 until I found one that worked well, and my whole life changed. I used the patch for a few years and then slowly tapered off. Now I just have problems when I'm on Prednisone, it's like going through menopause all over again, lol.
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