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   Posted 12/5/2013 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,

I am new to this forum and website. I found it while looking for information about having a Nissen Fundoplication with thoughts by people who have experienced it, as opposed to the sites that share very basic facts.

I have perusing this forum and am finding wonderful posts. While getting ready for my day I came up with a question that wasn't addressed by my doctor - probably because my surgery is still 4 or 5 weeks out. After the procedure how easy or difficult is it to swallow prescribed medication in pill form. I have 5 in the morning and 5 at night that I need to take - really, really need take.

Any comments would be appreciated.

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   Posted 12/5/2013 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi There Lehann,
I was in the same position after I had my surgery.
Luckily, the medications I take were easy to crush. I put them in a coffee grinder and then put them in apple sauce to take them.

Time released medications can not be crushed, along with certain other medications. It is pretty easy to get substitutes though. My neurologist was happy to prescribe a disolvable migraine medication for me for after surgery.

I would start by asking your pharmacist if your medications can be safely crushed. If they cant, they may be able to suggest alternatives to talk about with your doctor. You have plenty of time thankfully to prepare!

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   Posted 12/5/2013 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Several of my medications were available in liquid form. I used that for the first 2 weeks. I had to get those prescriptions from my regular doctor. I assume you will have a pre-op physical - ask your doctor about it then. The very small pills were easy to swallow with applesauce. I bought a pill splitter and cut some of the larger pills in quarters, they went right down with applesauce, 1 piece at a time. You can also use the splitter to kind of crush them, too. I found it easier to swallow broken up, the taste wasn't so horrible as with crushed. I take Celebrex, which is a capsule. I was able to swallow that at about a week. I just skipped it until then.

You can also google your meds to find out if they are available in liquid form.

This forum is great! The facebook group, Nissen Fundoplication, also is quite helpful.
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   Posted 12/5/2013 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lehann,
Welcome to Healing Well! Glad you've joined us! It's a great place to get information and support before and after your surgery. Many people can take pills easily even right after surgery. Others crush pills, and use liquid versions until their wrap swelling decreases. Some people, like me, have trouble with very large pills even after complete recovery.

I can't take the large calcium tablets, or anything else that is really big, without it getting stuck. I find, if I need to take a rather large pill (capsules are better, because they're smooth) if I take a spoonful of flaxseed oil beforehand, it'll go down much better.

I take liquid calcium, and switched to a script for two smaller dose pills, rather than one large one. I switched from Allegra (a large-size antihistamine) to Xyzal, a tiny one.

I think I'm in the minority in having difficulty with large pills at my stage, but there are ways around everything. When I was still recovering, I'd carefully open capsules and put the contents into applesauce. If you don't chew it, you can even do that with time-release.

Good luck with your surgery!
Take care,

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   Posted 12/6/2013 2:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I was able to swallow pills after all of my nissens without any real issues. I just made sure I drank something first.

Take care,
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   Posted 12/6/2013 5:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, all! Oddly, I never thought about crushing the pills and putting them in something smooth. That's what my mom did when I was little to hide them or hide the taste. I hadn't thought of opening the capsules and they were my biggest concern. There isn't any way for me to skip a couple of them for even a day, so these ideas are very helpful. I will check with my pharmacist and prescribing doctors for more help, but having those ideas gives me a bit of relief. Thanks again.

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