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It can be difficult to swallow in the first couple of days after your surgery (swelling) but also some surgeons will want you not to swallow meds for a period of time advising Patches, chews or to crush meds (not all can be crushed). And of course there’s also what you’re able to do & tolerate in those first few weeks while healing.

I had swelling to begin but the hospital gave me pain killers & other meds as tablets in hospital after the first day - it wasn’t easy & hurt. I didn’t have to begin any Vitamins until I was home (day 4) but by then the swelling was gone. I was also able to take my vitamins as tablets. Mine were capsules but I could only swallow one at a time with a little break between. Also took half the tablets in the morning & the other half at night.

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4 hours ago, MasonMoonGirl said:

Good evening everyone! I just ordered all of my Vitamins for my post op August 7th! I noticed a lot of people go for chewable vitamins. I ordered all gel caps. Do people go for chewable because it's hard to swallow after the surgery? Is that a better option? TIA!

I went with the Patches, I bought the chewable vitamins, but i couldn't get over the taste, they made me gag. So now i just put on my 4 small patches before bed, then and take off 8 hr later.

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To this day I don't enjoy swallowing large pills, and so opt for chewable where available. Large tablets and supplements can make me feel sick for a good half hour or so after taking them.

(Obligatory YMMV disclaimer)

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WHen I had my sleeve, I had to have chewables. They're SO nasty. OMG. So when I had my revision to bypass, I bought liquids, thinking I wouldn't be able to swallow any pills (I couldn't do any kind of pills with my sleeve for like 4 weeks). I was shocked when I found I could take ALL my pills with absolutely no issues at all by day 5 after the bypass. So now I have the liquid vitamins that I'm finishing up and then I'll be switching to normal bariatric Vitamins (mostly because I refuse to waste money lol )

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Man i go back and forth because I already have everything and these Vitamins are so expensive. chewables do not sound appealing to me at all and yes from what I've read nasty haha. I'm considering getting the Bariatric Advantage Chewables as a backup, I just want to do things right and I guess since I'll be taking vitamins for life it's fine to stock up!

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I do not like the chewable, the taste and texture make me gag, I get capsules. I get to take less and i haven't had an issue with taking them,

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My daily chewable are so gross but I only have to take one a day so its not terrible. My team does not suggest Patches because there just isn’t enough research on them. I can take tablets my surgeon told me chewable is the best overall tolerated but as long as I can swallow them then I can change to the tablets. I chose one a day tablets and I am not having any difficulty swallowing them. However I am going to finish off the 2 bottles of chewable because I hate wasting money. The Calcium was harder for me to swallow in tablets they are a bit bigger so I am still using a liquid for now

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