CindyP

? about pain meds absorption

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Another person's thread got me to wondering about this. Should I assume that after gastric bypass the malabsorption will also prevent oral narcotic pain medicines from being absorbed properly? And can you estimate how much gets absorbed?

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There is generally no problem with absorption of narcotic pain medication after gastric bypass. We usually recommend Lortab Elixir which contains a combination of mild narcotic and acetaminophen. It is quickly absorbed because it is a liquid, and it doesn't lead to as much grogginess or constipation as heavier duty medications such as Percocet or Dilaudid.

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