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Getting bypass soon. Worried about my medications. I'm on several meds but 2 for bipolar disorder and depression. And one for anxiety. Will they we absorbed? Has anyone had to deal with something similar?

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My cousin has dipolar disorder and had bypass surgery. She was fine with absorbing the meds, but she was noncompliant with her meds and ended up gaining the weight back because she was imbalanced. But as to your concern, I take anxiety and antidepressants and they absorb and work effectively just fine. Just stay on your meds and you'll be successful.

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I take Wellbutrin for depression & I’m doing great.

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Talk to your psychiatrist for sure. If they are extended/delayed release, you will very likely want to consider a med adjustment. Because of the way bypass works, it can impact the absorption of certain meds, especially delayed/extended release. If they are not, then the malabsorption should not be a factor, but as you lose weight and hormones fluctuate, you may still need adjustments. That being said, WLS can be successful for those of us with mental heal diagnoses and you absolutely can be healthy and well!

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