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Does VSG really need Bariatric vitamins vs. regular chewable?



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17 hours ago, Navigating the Wilderness said:

That being said, I am of the personal opinion that once you start eating a more rounded diet you can cut back on the Vitamins. Now that is only my opinion, and I am not in any way a professional at this.

That may possibly be true for Sleeve patients but not for RNY. The portion of our intestines that absorb many vitamins is bypassed so a more well rounded diet does not help us in regard to reducing Vitamin needs. In any case I've heard too many first hand stories of the results of being vitamin deficient - memory issues, bone loss, dental problems, etc so I'm not taking any chances.

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Hi,
I'm just wondering, since the VSG is restrictive only, why won't a regular chewable Multivitamin be ok rather than the MUCH more expensive Bariatric Vitamins? Any thoughts on this?


Im having VSG and Flintstone chewables were recommended by my nut



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27 minutes ago, Suaniya said:

Im having VSG and Flintstone chewables were recommended by my nut

I have had two separate WL surgeries and both places stressed never to use these. I'd double-check with your surgeon.

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My surgeon and surgical weight loss center were both okay with Flintstones as long as they matched up the recommended daily amounts we need. They should give you a paper showing the amounts needed daily.



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On March 19, 2017 at 9:49 PM, Seraya said:

Hi,

I'm just wondering, since the VSG is restrictive only, why won't a regular chewable Multivitamin be ok rather than the MUCH more expensive Bariatric Vitamins? Any thoughts on this?

I had my surgery over six years ago and have never taken a single bariatric Vitamin. Just regular multi, Calcium, Iron, D3 and sublingual B12. I have annual bloodwork done and my levels have been nothing but perfect.

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On 3/20/2017 at 1:16 PM, Airstream88 said:

I prefer to take Bariatric formulated Vitamins knowing that I'm getting the maximum absorption.

That's the way I look at it. Plus I don't mind spending a bit more knowing how much money I'm saving at the grocery store these days...lol.

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On 3/20/2017 at 0:05 AM, NWJill said:

There are a lot of different opinions on Vitamins, I say focus on getting in Vitamins that work for you, there are chewable ones that are bariatric. Most vitamins made me sick prior to surgery except the Gummy ones, so that is what I still take because they are the only ones I can get down, I guess I will see what happens with my blood work next month, if my counts are low anywhere I will try a patch or liquids

I had mine 12/11/15 and my dr told me I could use any Vitamin of my choice. I took the ones I bought to him and he approved them. I use these with a Iron and Biotin supplement. I haven't lost alot of hair and I'm doing fine with no issues. The pill form vitamins made me nauseous.

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On ‎3‎/‎20‎/‎2017 at 0:44 PM, Pam_2-06-2017 said:

I take a regular Multivitamin. I also take Biotin, calcium citrate, Omega 3 and b-12. None of them are bariatric and all ok with my surgeon.

Same for me, plus 4,000 D3 supplement. My surgeon never said I had to take bariatric Vitamins. Once I was back on solid foods, whatever I took prior to surgery in addition to these other supplements would be fine. Because my tummy gets full rather quickly, I do not take them all at once - spaced out over a few hours throughout the day.

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I was told by my dr not to take gummies at all, stick with the children's chewable vitamins, they work for me. BTW I just bought a size 18 pants, down from size 28 a year ago. :rolleyes:

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I am post 9years miltivitamins and injections i took worked well i thought they did once my Albumin levels dropt thats protine in the blood cells I became very unwell so last 2years I have lived with being malnourished one he'll of a battel . But I now take a supplement which comes in a kids chewable capsuals and even shakes which are plant based so ur 5 day jumps 2 26 portions aday of pure fruit veggies 100 per cent natural and is worldwide. [emoji4]



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Prior to surgery after getting my blood work done I was told to start taking Vitamin D, so I did (in addition to the Omeprazole I've been taking for years).

After surgery, my doctor's office told me to start taking a Gummy Multi-Vitamin and gummy Calcium, so I started that. Once I finished the bottles the office said I could switch to regular tablets. After my first blood results after surgery they said to add a Vitamin B Complex, so that's what I'm taking now. They said any brand is fine.

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I take regular high quality soft gel Vitamin, not sold in most stores.

I think giving WLS patients Vitamins that taste like candy is counterproductive and stupid. Do any of these Drs ever think about that?!?!?

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