Vitamin recommendations?

MadisonRose
on 2/2/19 9:23 am

I'm currently 10 days out from surgery and started my vitamins the very next day after I went home from the hospital. I'm taking the bariatric fusion chews. 4 per day everyday. I was told by my dietitian that these vitamins had everything I needed in them and I wouldn't have to take anything else in addition. So I figured that would be my easiest option in regards to keeping up with what all I need to take.

Well, I am having a very difficult time getting these down. The taste really isn't horrible. They are the mixed berry flavor, but I think it's the texture that is making it hard for me. They are just very chalky and make me gag every time I try to get one down. They also leave a lingering aftertaste that isn't very pleasant. I'm constantly chasing them down with water or juice just to get the taste out of my mouth and to make it more bearable. It's gotten to the point where I dread taking them. I got a months supply which I will suck up and finish. I just can't imagine taking these for the rest of my life. Can bearly hack a month!

I was thinking maybe a gummy vitamin would work better for me? I don't know though. What do you guys recommend? What doesn't taste so bad? Also, whatever multivitamin I choose, what other vitamins will I need to take with it? I'm also looking for something that isn't too expensive if possible. Right now the vitamins I take are about $30 per month. So would prefer not to go over that and preferably something cheaper if possible.

Thanks in advance!

Citizen Kim
on 2/2/19 10:03 am, edited 2/2/19 2:04 am - Castle Rock, CO

If you are just talking multi vitamins, I take two Centrum silver a day. I spend way less than $30 per month lol. I have also taken the Kirkland brand multi too.

Zero need to take anything "bariatric"

I'm peturbed that your dietician is telling you you'd never need to take anything else. I'll take her recommendation on a medical crystal ball if she has one!

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seattledeb
on 2/2/19 9:37 pm
RNY on 12/22/08 with

Perhaps they sell the magic vitamins?

Writergurl08
on 2/2/19 2:03 pm
RNY on 02/15/18

I take two Kirkland (Costco brand) multis a day. I also supplement vitamin C and iron, as well as calcium citrate.

I don't think I'd accept that you'll "never have to take anything else" regardless of what vitamins you use. Malabsorption has different results for all of us. I was never told to supplement anything besides my multis, but I do because my iron has always tended toward low even before surgery, and as women, were more prone to need the calcium as well.

HW: 340 SW: 329 Goal: 150

CW: 241

Surgeon: Dr. Kalyana Nandipati (Omaha, NE)

MadisonRose
on 2/2/19 2:32 pm

Thanks for replying!

I don't think my dietitian meant I'd never have to take any other vitamins for the rest of my life....I don't know though.....maybe she did. I just know during the mandatory nutrition meeting I had to attend, she mentioned that with the bariatric fusion vitamins, they took care of everything and if we chose to go with those we would not have to take anything else. At my pre-op when I met with her, I brought up the vitamins again to clarify if those were all I had to take if I chose to go with that brand? I wanted to make sure I understood her correctly because I am completely green when it comes to vitamins and which ones I will need etc. She again told me yes....that was all I needed to take.

So I don't know? I'm so confused. I mean I know before surgery I was low in vitamin D so they started me on that before surgery and told me as soon as I started taking the bariatric fusion I could stop taking the vitamin D. I was also taking an iron vitamin because at one point I was told I was anemic....was also taking magnesium and a b-12, but was told I could stop all of these once I started taking the bariatric fusion because it covered all the bases. So that's what I've done.

I'm going to look into different ones though.

catwoman7
on 2/2/19 3:45 pm
RNY on 06/03/15

I'm a Centrum Silver girl as well (or the Walgreens or CVS equivalent). I started with the chewable version and now take the regular tablets. Two of those have about the same amount of vitamins/minerals as those pricey bariatric vitamins.

we were told not to take gummies. -

I also take D3, K2, B-Complex, Calcium Citrate, iron, and vitamin C (because of the iron). Oh - and a megadose of B12 every three weeks.

RNY 06/03/15 by Michael Garren (Madison, WI)

Plastic Surgery 08/10/18 and 03/29/19 by Lawrence Zachary (Chicago, IL)

HW: 373 SW: 316 GW: 145 LW: 138 CW: 150

brenlee1965
on 2/3/19 9:00 am - New Berlin, NY
I did a lot of research on the amounts that are needed per the standards for gastric bypass RNY patients.....Centrum Silver has the requirements needed for Folate and the multi-vitamins (these come in chewables; but I didn't care for that)....but we need to take a Calcium Citrate (1500-1800 mg daily) and the body can only absorb 500 at a time; so it has to be taken multiple times a day (these come in petites---if you have issues with the size of the pills), and we should be taking an Iron pill (these can be tough on the stomach) and were for me----I take the Ferrous Sulfate because the Ferrous Fumarate was hard for me (and had to change because I wasn't absorbing it) remember that must be taken with Vitamin C to help absorbtion ((remember we don't have the acid in our stomachs like we used to, so help is needed and don't take Iron closer than 2 hrs from Calcium)) and B12 is usually needed (I still take that as a sublingual (which is liquid form) so that my B12 doesn't tank (cause I am not a fan of shots and if it does tank----shots for the rest of your life is needed...no thanks!). Sometimes, depending on my levels I may need to take a B complex. That is FIVE things; which is way better than what I had before surgery. I don't spend that kind of money on mine. I get some at WalMart and some at BJ's.
Ruth D.
on 2/4/19 11:51 am
RNY on 12/20/18

My nutritionist told to take vitamins only 5 weeks post op after my check up. I don't know why? I live in europe, there is almost no vitamins etc for bariatric oatiens. So she told me to get prenatal(pregnancy) vitamins Elevit which is multivitamins and iron in one. Also Calcium citrate, and Vitamin D. Again there is only a powder of calcium citrate it tastes awful but I mix it with some lemon juice and water and that does it. Vitamin D she was very specific, she told me to get this liquid formula wich carries vitamin D in liposomic form. Anyway, I feel like it is quite standard, although i wish I would find a brand that sells in Europe for my calcium, as majority is carbonate and I am not sure if that is acceptable for us?

catwoman7
on 2/4/19 12:23 pm
RNY on 06/03/15

you're correct - carbonate is not acceptable for us. We don't absorb it very well. Citrate is much better for bariatric patients.

RNY 06/03/15 by Michael Garren (Madison, WI)

Plastic Surgery 08/10/18 and 03/29/19 by Lawrence Zachary (Chicago, IL)

HW: 373 SW: 316 GW: 145 LW: 138 CW: 150

hollykim
on 2/5/19 7:13 am - Nashville, TN
Revision on 03/18/15 with
On February 2, 2019 at 5:23 PM Pacific Time, MadisonRose wrote:

I'm currently 10 days out from surgery and started my vitamins the very next day after I went home from the hospital. I'm taking the bariatric fusion chews. 4 per day everyday. I was told by my dietitian that these vitamins had everything I needed in them and I wouldn't have to take anything else in addition. So I figured that would be my easiest option in regards to keeping up with what all I need to take.

Well, I am having a very difficult time getting these down. The taste really isn't horrible. They are the mixed berry flavor, but I think it's the texture that is making it hard for me. They are just very chalky and make me gag every time I try to get one down. They also leave a lingering aftertaste that isn't very pleasant. I'm constantly chasing them down with water or juice just to get the taste out of my mouth and to make it more bearable. It's gotten to the point where I dread taking them. I got a months supply which I will suck up and finish. I just can't imagine taking these for the rest of my life. Can bearly hack a month!

I was thinking maybe a gummy vitamin would work better for me? I don't know though. What do you guys recommend? What doesn't taste so bad? Also, whatever multivitamin I choose, what other vitamins will I need to take with it? I'm also looking for something that isn't too expensive if possible. Right now the vitamins I take are about $30 per month. So would prefer not to go over that and preferably something cheaper if possible.

Thanks in advance!

the AMSBS (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons) recommends 200% of the RDA ( recommended daily allowance) of all vitamins/ minerals.

If what you are taking gives you that ,you are good to go. If not,you will need to change it up until what you are taking what gives you that.

 


          

 

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