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Hi all,

I am new to the forum so apologies if I breach any etiquette with my post but I would appreciate y'alls help and input.

I would also like to say I completely appreciate you probably aren't medically qualified, I am generally looking for peoples experiences and any solutions they had to the following problem,

Essentially I had lap band (or gastric band as known in the UK) surgery around 3 weeks ago. I am also taking 6 types of medication to help with my mental health issues (bipolar, depression and anxiety disorder). Between themselves they approved me for the surgery under the proviso that I ground my medications up or break open the capsules - I was told there shouldn't be an issue by both Dr's.

However my symptoms are now such that I am in a dark place, probably worse than I have been for several years.

I have gotten in touch with both institutions, the Dr that performed the surgery told me this is not his domain and to contact my psychiatrist, which I did however they cannot speak to me, even over the phone, until Friday minimum. I was wondering if anyone here had similar issues and if so what was the solution. I am really worried they may have to reverse the surgery or change my medications which had previously gotten rid of pretty much all of my symptoms.

I appreciate I may sound pretty ignorant but based on the advice from both Dr's I moved ahead with the surgery.

I have managed to find studies that demonstrate the bio-availability of certain antidepressants can be reduced after gastic bypass / sleeve surgery but nothing relating to the band.

Any help or advice greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

G

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First I’m not a medical professional, but I’ve had a little experience with this. I find that unless the pills or capsules are HUGE, they do go down. You may have to crush,or open , right after surgery, or after a fill when there is a little irritation, but I find I can swollow capsule and pills just fine. One at a time- not all at once the way I used to. Drink, pill, drink. Wait. Replete as necessary. I have been banded for six years, I read the same info about crushing things, but my doc actually said, you shouldn’t have any problem. I’m answering this because I know how quickly unfortunate side effects happen when you stop taking these meds “cold”. Withdrawal is miserable, and should be medically supervise d. Good luck dear. I hope this helps , even if it’s just having someone reach out to you.

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Hi there, I have been banded since 2008 and have to take daily pills, including antidepressant. I do so while sipping hot coffee or tea. Seems to go down MUCH easier than with any cold drinks. Hope it helps! Good luck.

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Oh, and capsules go down much easier than tablets for me. Unless the tablets are small. You might also be able to get a liquid for of your meds at a compounding pharmacy.

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