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How soon after your sleeve did you start taking solid tablets again (eg. paracetamol, ibuprofen or acetaminophen?) - I am in agony and have run out of the liquid stuff but don't want to ruin my sleeve by taking something I shouldn't. I'm 7 weeks out.

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I took solid tablets about 2 days post-VSG (but check with your surgeon).

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Thank you, I've tried to check with my surgeon today but he is out of office until 4th January.

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I grind up regular Tylenol and eat it with applesauce and am 5 weeks out.

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Is it an rx?? If it’s rx they should be able to get it refilled by another doctor on call. Did you ask about getting more of the liquid. I was able to take pills right off the bat but I didn’t have anything as large as a Tylenol. They do sell pill crushers at Walmart and taking it with applesauce seemed like a good suggestion.

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5 minutes ago, ShoppGirl said:

Is it an rx?? If it’s rx they should be able to get it refilled by another doctor on call. Did you ask about getting more of the liquid. I was able to take pills right off the bat but I didn’t have anything as large as a Tylenol. They do sell pill crushers at Walmart and taking it with applesauce seemed like a good suggestion.

I'm in the UK so not sure what an rx is? I can get the liquid normally but the pharmacies locally are closed until next week, just my luck!

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8 minutes ago, Peonie said:

I'm in the UK so not sure what an rx is? I can get the liquid normally but the pharmacies locally are closed until next week, just my luck!

Ooh I was asking if it was prescription because I figured if you could just pick it up at store you would have just done that. Hummm. Is the prescription part of the pharmacy closed? Perhaps the doctor on call can call in another liquid pain medicine?? If not, it seems like his office could tell you if crushing a tablet would be okay. It was fine with my surgeon. He told me if I had trouble swallowing any of my rx I could crush them but I would still ask your team to be sure.

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I was also able to take pills (some quite large) while still in the hospital. But if you are uncomfortable with that till you hear back from surgeon, I agree about crushing pills and mixing in applesauce. I got a pill crusher at the grocery store pharmacy.

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I started swallowing pills as soon as I got home from the hospital. The only kind I couldn't handle were those gigantic Calcium tablets - I had to wait two or three weeks before I could swallow those.

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I was swallowing tablets day 2. I had trouble because of swelling but by about day 4 all was fine. I just spread out what I was taking throughout the day as possible. At 7 weeks you should be able to swallow tablets without issue.

You can’t take ibuprofen or any NSAIDS post sleeve - too harsh on your tiny tummy. But some surgeons do permit sleevers to have one on rare occasions. After 12 months, my surgeon allowed me to take a single ibuprofen once every month or two if needed. Had one in August for my covid vaccine headache but none since then. This should be a discussion with your surgeon.

I’m more concerned that you are still in pain after 7 weeks. This is unusual. Most are basically pain free by the end of week one. You need to speak to your surgeon about the pain you’re experiencing as soon as possible.

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Not sure how medications are set up in the UK- like can you get acetaminophen from the grocery or does it all go through the pharmacy?

If you can get it at the grocery buy the children’s liquid kind if they don’t have adult. Tylenol (a major acetaminophen producer in the US) says the dosing for adults is 20mL every 4hrs as needed but check with the manufacturer of the acetaminophen you purchase.

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My doc also told me no NSAIDs. The acetaminophen works pretty well for me, ad since I also have chronic neck pain, I don't mind sneaking a narcotic pain reliever from time to time.

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16 hours ago, Peonie said:

How soon after your sleeve did you start taking solid tablets again (eg. paracetamol, ibuprofen or acetaminophen?) - I am in agony and have run out of the liquid stuff but don't want to ruin my sleeve by taking something I shouldn't. I'm 7 weeks out.

It seems very odd that you are in pain at 7 weeks out. You should be healed. Did you have any additional surgery ? hernia ? Have you done anything too strenuous?

I think you need to speak to a doctor asap . Try your own, 111 or go to the A and E. Sorry to be negative but you shouldnt be in agony

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