Hey ostomy and j-pouch friends,
Some of you may already be aware of this issue, but I discovered it accidentally. I got to watch a pill pop out my stoma, which was fascinating, but it concerned me enough to require some research.
Some pills are designed to release later in your digestive tract, and more slowly than others. Depending on which gutsy bits you’re missing, you might have trouble digesting longer-lasting medications and vitamins. If you have the majority of your large intestine intact, you might be fine with everything. As for the rest of you, here are some labels to watch for:
- All-day relief
If you need to get creative with your pill collection, here are a few guidelines:
- Talk to your doctor about prescribing medications in orally dissolving or liquid forms.
- You can also talk to your doctor about prescribing smaller doses spread throughout the day.
- Chewable or gummy vitamins are both easy to digest and adorable.
- Never crush your pills without talking to your pharmacist beforehand. Your body can absorb too much medication in your system too quickly, which can be harmful.