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Hi,

I am 6 weeks post-op and still cutting pills in halves or quarters. Some just feel too big to make it through my new stomach/intestines.

When were you able to confidently take full size pills without issues?

Thanks!

Megan

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Hi Meg. I am 14 years out from gastric bypass. For at least the first 7 years, taking my Vitamins (4) and other supplements made me extremely nauseous. I tried taking them in applesauce and it really worked (no nausea, no stick in the throat feeling, no bloated feeling). Now I am to the point where I can just take them with Water.

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Hi,
I am 6 weeks post-op and still cutting pills in halves or quarters. Some just feel too big to make it through my new stomach/intestines.
When were you able to confidently take full size pills without issues?
Thanks!
Megan
I've never cut or crushed my pills. I take them whole as is. I'm 9 months out from RNY. I take a Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, calcium citrate and Biotin. I think most Vitamins come in a liquid or chewable now though so maybe see if you can find either in the ones that you are having problems with.

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I never crushed pills. The only pill I ever broke in half were Potassium pills that I was on for a bit, but those are massive and hard to swallow. So- the surgery wasn’t the reason why I was splitting them.

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I crushed and split my large pills after surgery because I could not swallow them. They were just too large. The worst ones were the Citrical (Calcium supplements). They were horse pills. That condition lasted for about 2 months after surgery and then everything returned back to normal in the swallowing department. It made life a lot easier after that.

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Thank you all! :) I am going to give it a try today and see how full size goes.

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My nutritionist said regular sized pills (the size of a Motrin, but don't take those since they are NSAIDS) are fine, even immediately after surgery, but no horse pills like viitamin and Calcium tablets.

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My Dr have me a capsule for after surgery for pain. Did OK in hospital with them. First time at home it got stuck and I was sick and then heaves. So since 2 days post op haven't touched the suckers. If I can't cut with a pill cutter or take a liquid not happening. I had to go back on Clear Liquids and mylanta in order to calm my stomach down

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The day after I got home from surgery. Everything from the tiny Protonix pills to the huge Citracal pills have been no physical problem to swallow for me.

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I loved all these different replies and it just goes to show that we are all so different in the way we are made and in the way we react to the surgery. My son, who is 20 years younger than me, has not had any problems from day 1 post-surgery. I think he could eat the kitchen sink and not have a reaction (he has kept his weight off, too). I, however, have had many problems with different foods and medications and other complications (low Iron, anemia, reactive hypoglycemia, nausea). I wonder if our age at the time we had the surgery comes into play here.

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