Pills coming out whole?

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   Posted 9/22/2007 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I have always taken vitamins, and the other day I felt something hard in my bag and found out that my vitamin had come out whole! confused I usually take them with food, but had taken this one on an empty stomach. If I'm not absorbing the vitamin pills, then I'm going to switch to liquid vitamins. I was wondering if this has happened to anyone here with any kind of pills?

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   Posted 9/22/2007 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   


My potassium pills come out 'whole' and I have spoken to my doctor about it. He said it's because they're wax coated and that it's normal. Your body absorbs the med and then the shell comes out. I've never had it happen with vitamins though.

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   Posted 9/22/2007 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I only noticed it the one time, and maybe it was because I took it on an empty stomach. nono
I've heard that coated pills that are extended release won't dissolve, so they will come out whole.
I just bought some liquid Tylenol for adults at the store. It's cherry flavored. I know that if I get a headache, it will absorb! :-)

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   Posted 9/22/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   

I have to be very careful when taking pills - capsules are ok cuz they seem to dissolve just fine.  But hard, large pills like calcium, even broken in half, do not dissolve for me.  I have to take calcium geltabs - they are ok.  I even break a tylenol caplet in half when I take them.  I have a really short digestive tract though.


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   Posted 9/22/2007 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I also switched to calcium geltabs and sometimes treat myself to a box of caramel Viactiv calcium chews. Their dessert and calcium all wrapped up in one tasty little caramel! :-)

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   Posted 9/22/2007 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
If the pills are enteric coated or XR (extended release), they won't work for ileostomates. Enteric coated and XR pills are designed to be absorbed in the large intestine, which of course we're lacking.
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   Posted 9/22/2007 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
My Oxycontin would come out whole (writing still legible too) as well as some vitamins I took. Since my reversal there are still the occasonal vitamins passed in my stool
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