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I need help finding Multivitamins and Calcium supplements that I can swallow easily. Post-op I was taking chewables for both, which became sickening after a while. I was happy to be cleared for Vitamins I can swallow. The problem is, I have to take three Multivitamins or three calciums at a time to get the right dosage. It is difficult ingesting three pills at a time with a small stomach. I obviously cannot take them right after eating since I have to wait the mandatory 45 minutes after eating in order to drink something. I started taking the multivitamins with my morning Protein shake so I can swallow them as I go along. They do sometimes make me nauseous. Is anyone taking a multi or a Calcium that has everything in it that we sleevers need without having to take 3 at a time?

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I use the dissolving Vitamins. Tasty too.

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The Calcium is decided into three doses because you can only absorb about 500 mg at a time. Take your D3 (I use liquid) with calcium because it doesn't absorb otherwise.

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Have you tried the Patches from PatchMD?

I only take Calcium orally, and only because I am not sure calcium will absorb thru the skin like other do,

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Taking a small swallow of Water in order to get a pill down after your meal should not hurt anything.

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I use the Citracal petites. I have to take 3, twice a day. I also use 2 Flintstones complete.

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I am over 3 years post-op RNY gastric bypass surgery. Because of this type of surgery, I take many more Vitamins than a patient that has undergone sleeve surgery.

After surgery I found that I could no longer swallow large pills. This made taking Vitamins a difficult challenge. This condition lasted about 2 months and then I was able to swallow again.

Vitamins should not all be taken at once. They need to be spaced out throughout the day otherwise they are not absorbed properly. There should also be a time separation of at least 2 hours between Iron supplements (as found in multivitamins) and Calcium supplements. They should not be taken together. I do not swallow all my vitamins at once. I do not fill my mouth with 3 vitamins and then drink Water. I do these one at a time.

In my case because I have so many to take, I use the following approach. I place all my calciums in a small glass bowl each morning. These I take throughout the day a couple hours apart. All the other vitamins I divide into two weekly pill containers. One for the early morning and one for the late evening just before bedtime. Since these are weekly containers (14 small compartments), the fill covers a two week period for each container.

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Have you tried the Viactiv Calcium. It is a chewable and it looks and tastes like a caramel.

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I personally have always taken Bariatric Vitamins, I tried the chewables even Flintstones YUK YUK!!! I buy Celebrate Capsules for $15.00 for 90 capsules. I buy 4 at a time so I don't have to pay S/H. I was told that you can open them and add them to food if you can't swallow them. I was told from the beginning that I needed to take a Bariatric Vit. I know that Dr.'s don't always agree. But I figured I would rather be safe than sorry. Thats just me tho.

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