I'm over chewable multi-vitamins -- is there A capsule....

Sarah M.
on 3/11/15 11:02 am - San Francisco Bay Area, CA
VSG on 01/19/15

I can't stand the chewable vitamins anymore - I've tried 6 different kinds and they all elicit a gag reflex at this point.  I made the mistake of taking them on a not-quite-full stomach in the past.

I'm trying to find a capsule/tablet I can swallow, but everything that meets ASMBS guidelines requires minimum of 2 pills per day (200% RDA most nutrients, 36 iron, etc.)  After spending 45 minutes checking labels at a local vitamin store, I thought I'd see if anyone had found one online/at a common store that requires one pill a day to meet the ASMBS guidelines.  

Thanks for any help!

VSG 1/19/15 | HW: 262 | SW: 255 | CW: 146 (3/20/16)


Gwen M.
on 3/11/15 11:22 am
VSG on 03/13/14

The ASMBS does recommend that we stick to a chewable for the first 3-6 months post-op, so I'd suggest checking with your doc before switching to a pill.  

Carol here mixes her chewables up with yogurt since she has issues chewing them, and that might be really tasty and worth a try for you!  

I can't help with a recommendation - I don't think that there are pills that exist with 200% in one pill!  You might find one that has 100% though and you could just take it twice a day.  

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Sarah M.
on 3/11/15 3:45 pm - San Francisco Bay Area, CA
VSG on 01/19/15

Thanks Gwen - Oops...I think I skimmed over the part where it says take chewables for the first 3-6 months and went directly to the RDA guidelines.  Thanks for the heads up, as always.  I'll give the yogurt thing a try.

Hope all is well with you and your family.  Been thinking about your father and sending all my good wishes!

VSG 1/19/15 | HW: 262 | SW: 255 | CW: 146 (3/20/16)


on 3/11/15 2:47 pm

chewables gave me super bad diarrhea (TMI) - i take the bariatric advantage ultra without iron. it's a super good one. Dr C says it can be rough on the sleeve if you take it without food (the few times it's happened to me i get super nauseous). but they're kind of big and you have to take it 3x per day. i had the same challenge trying to find one that meets our needs that only needs to be taken once per day. sunaina said after 6 weeks we could transition to capsules, but it's def a chore having to do it 3 every day.


i did one tablespoon of this liquid twice a day in the first month: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003BI137W/ref=ox_sc_sfl_image_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1KWEPMVYU2C4T  - do you think you'd be interested in a liquid?

(deactivated member)
on 3/11/15 4:15 pm

My nutritionist gave me samples of Bariatric Advantage's Ultra Multi vitamin with iron, it's a capsule and you can break it up and mix it with food, best to mix it with sf chocolate pudding, you can't taste it at all,  3 months supply for $49

on 3/11/15 7:36 pm
RNY on 08/21/12

I've never seen a 200% multi. I've been using a CVS generic version of Centrum. I got them when they were BOGO, and a year's supply cost me about 8 bucks.

6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.

Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.

M1 -24; M2 -21; M3 -19; M4 -21; M5 -13; M6 -21; M7 -10; M8 -16; M9 -10; M10 -8; M11 -6; M12 -5.

Pamela M.
on 3/12/15 2:25 am - Atlanta, GA
VSG on 08/25/14

So, Grim_Traveller - are you swallowing Centrum or are they chewable?  I'm 6.5 months post-op and HATE chewing vitamins.


The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.   Henry David Thoreau

on 3/12/15 3:22 am
RNY on 08/21/12

Regular tablets.

6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.

Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.

M1 -24; M2 -21; M3 -19; M4 -21; M5 -13; M6 -21; M7 -10; M8 -16; M9 -10; M10 -8; M11 -6; M12 -5.

Valerie G.
on 3/12/15 2:31 am - Northwest Mountains, GA

Chewables are recommended by many surgeons (and the ASMBS) but others say it's okay if you can handle the pills.  Another option is the multi-plus patches from PatchMD.com  I just started using them and still add calcium citrate.  I put a patch on overnight and it has uncomplicated my vitamin routine.  They not only meet, but exceed the ASMBS recommendations now.

DS 2005

There is room on this earth for all of God's creatures..
next to the mashed potatoes

on 3/12/15 5:03 am

i just checkout their website, and this looks amazing!!  how long do you wear the patch for?