Liquid Medicine After Weight Loss Surgery

Liquid Medicine After Weight Loss Surgery

Did you know that many antibiotics and pain medications come in liquid format? 

Liquid medicines include liquids, solutions, elixirs, syrups and mixtures and are commonly used in patients who have had weight loss surgery. In fact, some medications are only available as liquids.

Being unable to swallow large tablets and capsules is not uncommon following surgery as a large pill may get stuck or cause heart burn before it has time to “break down” and digest.

Liquid medications are usually measured in millileters (mL), teaspoons (tsp), or tablespoons (Tbsp).  Be sure to read abbreviations used in dosage directions carefully. Note that abbreviations for teaspoons and tablespoons are similar. Do not confuse dosage instructions for teaspoons and tablespoons. A tablespoon contains 3 times the amount of liquid as a teaspoon and could result in an overdose if used by mistake.  Be sure to use a medicine measuring tool vs a household table/teaspoon for accurate dosage.

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Although liquid medicine has proved to be most beneficial to me, pill crushing is another alternative. Pill choppers and splitters come in many formats.  Depending on the size and consistency of the pill one of these tools may be of assistance when breaking it down to a digestible consistency.  Shown below are pill choppers and crushers.

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Be sure to ask your doctor if the medicine being prescribed comes in liquid format!  Or, chop chop!


Author:  Karen Gillman is a leading voice in attesting to the potential benefits of gastric band surgery. After reaching 300 lbs, Karen turned to weight loss surgery to help her drop the weight and lead a more active, healthy lifestyle, choosing the Lap-Band gastric band. She utilized the gastric band for ten years, losing 145 lbs in total, which led her to write a book detailing the “before-during-and after” of the experience, entitled, “It’s Never Too Late’  A Ten-Year Journey with Weight Loss Surgery.”  She is now on a mission to help others combat their battle with obesity by providing proven, practical life-skills.

Karen Gillman – Living Large AFTER Weight Loss Surgery!


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