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I just got my surgery date- April 1- and I'm wondering what you guys did to take medicines post-op. How long did you all need to crush pills? I'm not looking forward to taking some of my medicines crushed.

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Most of the medication post op is in liquid, chewable or bilingual form....I hear that some people crush pain meds(those who were not prescribed liquid) but it's solely at the discretion of your surgeon as to what medication you take for the 1st 6wks. Best wishes to you

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Post-Op I was prescribed liquid Lortab, however; I take a number of other medications I haven't had any problems swallowing them. I have a couple huge pills and I just break them in half and make sure I take drink then drink with the pill while I swallow it and then drink some more. It's kinda become OCD for me. The only problem you would run into would be if you were on some kind of extended release medication. It's always best to talk to your surgeon and get his opinion on how you should take your medication.

BTW. CONGRATULATIONS on your surgery date! Woo HOO!

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I received liquid pain meds also. Luckily post op I no longer had to take 5 meds. So only two pills I need to empty or crush. One for ulcers in the remnant and the other for the gallbladder. But I only have to take those the first six months.

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I was never told to crush or take liquid meds. I took all my pills from the beginning. My doc said if they are smaller than an eraser on a pencil, they were fine. Even capsules worked out fine.

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Thanks all for your responses. I'm seeing my psychiatrist later this week to change over my prescriptions. He wants me to do liquids or crushed immediate release for a month at least. This is actually the thing that I'm looking forward to least as liquid medicines and bitter tastes tend to make me gag. Of course, if this is my biggest challenge, I'll count myself lucky.

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I had to crush everything. I mixed it in applesauce or yogurt (of course, at that time I could barely eat a tsp.)

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