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    Gastric Sleeve Member grammargirl0309's Avatar
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    Default Swallowing pills?

    Can you swallow pills the same post-op as you did pre-op?

    I am a big supplement junkie, so it won't be an issue for me to take supplements post-op, but I'm one of those who takes 10 pills at a time with one chug of water and doesn't blink twice. I'm assuming those days will be gone.

    In terms of prescription medication, I take two very small pills, one for my thyroid and one for hypertension. Will I be able to swollow those whole right away or will I have to cut them in half or crush them to take them?

    I bought chewable vitamins as well as sublingual B12 and biotin for post-op, but will I ever be able to normally swollow larger pills? How long till you could (or not)?


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    Default Re: Swallowing pills?

    I believe you will probably have to cut them in half. But read the directions on the bottle and it will tell you if you can even do that. Some say do not crush or cut in half (just in case). Also, Chewable and liquid may be the way to go (at least in the beginning). I am 7 wks post-op and I still have to break my BP medicine in half and take them 5-10 minutes apart for digestion, I would bet you don't need to try to swallow those big horse pills. But always ask your dr what his preference is just to be safe.
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    Default Re: Swallowing pills?

    Be careful with your pills. Your body will let you know when something is too big...You don't want to find out the hard way. Pills that have no coating seem to be the worse. Of course, check with your doctor on everything.

    It does get easier, but it takes time.



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    Default Re: Swallowing pills?

    I have not had any problems with meds. I took my pills from day one i just take them one at a time instead of all at once!


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    Gastric Sleeve Member grammargirl0309's Avatar
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    Default Re: Swallowing pills?

    I figured I'd probably have to do it one at a time. My blood pressure (lebatalol) can be cut for sure; I used to take just a half. I'm not sure about the synthroid for thyroid, but it's a tiny pill.


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    Gastric Sleeve Member pebbles's Avatar
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    Default Re: Swallowing pills?

    I have to check my blood pressure and sugar levels before taking my meds because they are not high anymore and my meds have been cut more than half you will have to monitor your med intake it prob want be the same.


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    Default Re: Swallowing pills?

    I also haven't had any problem with pills, although the fishy taste of my Omega 3's would cause me to burp...Lol...
    I have been able to take all my pills as scheduled, although the larger ones were harder at first. As stated by someone else, it does get easier.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member justme1's Avatar
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    Default Re: Swallowing pills?

    Each doctor is different...for me after 6 weeks I was able to take my pills without crushing them. Up until the 6 weeks all medication had to be chewable or liquid.


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    Default Re: Swallowing pills?

    I was told that for the first three months that I can swallow any pill that will slide through a McDonald's straw. Anything larger than that may get stuck and cause pain. It really is a good way to gauge what will work. I have vitamins that absolutely won't fit through it, so I avoid them for now. I'm guessing once the swelling from surgery has diminished, my doc will lift the size restriction.

    I would say that you should be prepared to modify your habit after surgery. You might even find it difficult to take small pills at first, not because of the size, but because it can be difficult to swallow enough water with each pill. I tried to take a B12 and an Iron at the same time. I ended up swallowing a big gulp of air because I was trying to get a good mouthful of water with them. I wasn't horrible, but it was uncomfortable for a minute or two.



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    Default Re: Swallowing pills?

    After 4 months, I'm finally able to take my 6 pills morning and 6 night down in one gulp again - I had to work up to that. I now take my calcium horse pill and vitamins and everything together, so it does get better.




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    Default Re: Swallowing pills?

    Quote Originally Posted by healthydebbie View Post
    I was told that for the first three months that I can swallow any pill that will slide through a McDonald's straw. Anything larger than that may get stuck and cause pain. It really is a good way to gauge what will work. I have vitamins that absolutely won't fit through it, so I avoid them for now. I'm guessing once the swelling from surgery has diminished, my doc will lift the size restriction.

    I would say that you should be prepared to modify your habit after surgery. You might even find it difficult to take small pills at first, not because of the size, but because it can be difficult to swallow enough water with each pill. I tried to take a B12 and an Iron at the same time. I ended up swallowing a big gulp of air because I was trying to get a good mouthful of water with them. I wasn't horrible, but it was uncomfortable for a minute or two.
    First of all, i have to say i am amazed you have lost 68 lbs. in 58 days!!!! What is your secret?
    Thank you for your knowledgable advice. I have a question for you or the board. My Antigall is a large capsule. Does anyone know how capsules do? I have been opening them and mixing it with liquid. But i will be glad to swallow it as soon as it's safe.

    BTW, Is anyone else taking Actigall (Ursodiol) to prevent gall stones?
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    Gastric Sleeve Member Tuliptwy's Avatar
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    Default Re: Swallowing pills?

    I take 5 capsules each day Amy, and they're not too bad. I think it's because they're a little squishy and can move around easier.




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    Default Re: Swallowing pills?

    I was taking small pills the day after surgery, but it took me a week to swallow vitamins whole. I'm about 10 weeks out, and I can drink water fast and swallow two big pills at a time. Everyone is different, but you'll figure it out!



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    Hi TucsonAmy,

    My secret is that I have only lost 33lbs in the last 58 days:-) The other 35lb was part of a diet I implemented on April 22 up until my surgery. I count all of my weightloss because its part of my personal journey to my goal.

    I've been taking capsules without breaking them apart. Like I mentioned, if it fits through the McDonald's straw, I take it as is. I have been able to take Tylenol gel capsules from day 4 post-op without trouble. I also take 4 Prilosec capsules each day. I don't even feel them.



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    Gastric Sleeve Member healthydebbie's Avatar
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    Hi TucsonAmy,

    My secret is that I have only lost 33lbs in the last 58 days:-) The other 35lb was part of a diet I implemented on April 22 up until my surgery. I count all of my weightloss because its part of my personal journey to my goal.

    I've been taking capsules without breaking them apart. Like I mentioned, if it fits through the McDonald's straw, I take it as is. I have been able to take Tylenol gel capsules from day 4 post-op without trouble. I also take 4 Prilosec capsules each day. I don't even feel them.



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