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I have been seeing one of my meds (my SSRI) in my stool within 3-4 hours of taking the medication in the morning. It’s supposed to be a delayed release tablet over 24 hours and I recently talked to my doc about it. He said we most definitely have to change it since I’m not absorbing it properly. He said we would probably have to figure out an alternative (increased dose). He does something similar with his patients who have gastric bypass or other digestion issues. Or he might just change my medicine to one that is a spores right away, but taken twice daily.

I do take this into consideration when taking a multi-vitamin so I do the chewable but with some vitamins I don’t have to at option.

Does anyone else adjust their medication due to absorption issues?

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I think you need to distinguish between absorption issues and transit time issues. The approximate transit time is around 3.5 hours. If the delayed release med is designed for 8 hours delayed release it's not an absorption issue, but based on the basic math, a transit time issue. This will be an issue with any delayed release medication if release of medication is delayed for more than 3.5 hours.

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