MEDICATIONS and your Ostomy

Due to the absence of the colon and altered transit time through the small intestine,

the type of medication taken must be carefully considered when prescribing for a person with an ileostomy.
Medications in the form of coated tablets or time-release capsules may not be absorbed and any benefit received.

A large number of medications are prepared in this way. Before the prescriptions are completed by your GP, You should inform him of the fact you have an ostomy and this difficulty.

If the medication required is available only in this form and not destroyed by
the stomach fluids, then the tablet may need to be crushed between two spoons and taken with water. This often results in an evil-tasting mixture but absorption is ensured.

The best type of medication for the person with an ileostomy is either in the form of uncoated tablets or in liquid form. Although this is not the most palatable mode of treatment, these dosage forms ensure that the medication prescribed is being absorbed.

Your pharmacist can also assist in choosing the form of a medication that will be best absorbed.

After ileostomy surgery, never take laxatives as a person with an ileostomy, taking laxatives can cause a severe fluid loss and electrolyte imbalance.

Transit time varies with individuals. If food passes through undigested, be aware that this may be a sign that the nutrients are not being absorbed properly. Prolonged incidences of decreased absorption may lead to nutritional deficiencies.